Undergoing the Root Canal Procedure Is Not as Scary or Painful as Patients Imagine!

When patients in the Pittsford, NY community hear the words “root canal,” they often cringe at the idea of a painful procedure of the tooth. However, this misconception must be stopped once and for all! Root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy,” is actually a procedure that is performed to eliminate pain and help patients avoid extraction and replacement. It should never be a procedure that patients are fearful of.

How is root canal therapy performed?

First, patients are made completely comfortable prior to their procedure with proper sedation and local anesthetics. Then, the dentist makes an access point within the tooth that allows him to get into the inner canals and remove the dental pulp. The dental pulp is the mass of tissues within a tooth that include the blood supply and the nerves. Once removed, the canals are disinfected before a material called gutta percha is placed in the canals to seal them off. In most instances of root canal therapy, the dentist will also place a dental crown over the tooth to offer an extra layer of protection, as teeth that have undergone root canal therapy commonly become weaker over time. The entire treatment is often done in one visit and allow patients to smile again without pain and discomfort.

How to care for a tooth after root canal therapy

It is important that patients still care for their smile after root canal therapy. Conditions such as tooth decay and periodontal disease can still affect the tooth after this procedure, so it is essential that patients maintain their routine dental visits every six months for a cleaning and examination with our team.

Call DeStefano Dentistry today to learn about root canal therapy

Endodontic treatment is sometimes necessary to save a natural tooth from extraction. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team are here to help patients understand the point at which this service may be needed to address a serious problem. Contact the office by calling (585) 248-2383 and visit the practice at 600 Kreag Road. We encourage new and existing patients to book an appointment and start services with an experienced dental provider.

Posted in: Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)

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