The Truth About Root Canal Therapy


Is It Going To Be Painful?

Let’s face it – root canals have a bad reputation. When most people hear the phrase “root canal,” their thoughts are riddled with negative connotations. The stigma associated with root canal therapy as a painful procedure couldn’t be further from the truth. Root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it. In fact, with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal therapy triggers minimal discomfort and is often compared to having a filling placed.

At Picasso Smiles, we know that you will feel better leaving our office after undergoing root canal therapy than you did prior to walking in. Patients visit their dentist or endodontist for root canal therapy when they are experiencing a painful toothache. These toothaches are typically caused by tooth decay that damages the tissues inside the tooth. Root canal treatment extracts the infected and/or damaged tissue from the core of the tooth and fills it with an artificial sealing material, alleviating any pain you felt prior to the procedure.

What About Anesthetics?

The majority of root canal procedures only require local anesthesia (normal dental numbing), However Dr. Tamir Shams and Dr. Nima Shayesteh are both trained to provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and can also offer oral sedation to patients who experience apprehension when undergoing dental treatments.

Can I Have My Tooth Extracted Instead?

While tooth extraction is an alternative to root canal therapy, it is not recommended. If possible, saving your natural tooth is the best option. From a functionality and aesthetic perspective, nothing can replace your natural teeth. Tooth extraction can be very painful and there is a lengthy recovery period. Plus, extraction is usually more expensive than root canal therapy. Extracting a tooth is usually just the tip of the iceberg; often the gap the extraction creates must be replaced with an implant or a bridge. This equates to more procedures and significantly more time in treatment.

Relieve Your Oral Discomfort Today!

If you’ve been suffering through a toothache in fear of getting a root canal, wait no longer. We can relieve your pain in just one visit to our El Paso dentistry office. Contact us today to schedule your root canal appointment.

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