While the mention of root canal treatment may bring about a feeling of fear for many Owensboro patients, it is not a painful procedure. In fact, with anesthetics and sedation, patients at Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can relieve their pain and discomfort of infection with endodontic therapy. Drs. Thompson and Frey can help patients who are in need of this treatment.
Root canal therapy requires a dentist to access the inner portion of the tooth where the dental pulp resides. The dental pulp is a mass of tissues that holds the nerves and blood supply. When removed, it essentially deadens the tooth and patients will no longer experience pain or discomfort from it. The inside area of the tooth is disinfected and filled with gutta percha, then sealed off to prevent further infection. A dental crown may be fabricated to cement over the natural tooth to protect it from damage. Root canal therapy is often done to reduce problems and ensure the natural tooth stays in the mouth to avoid expensive and time-consuming restoration.
Root canal therapy is a routine procedure that may be done for a number of reasons. Patients dealing with a large cavity may find that root canal therapy is preferred over a conventional dental filling. Additionally, infection may cause patients to consider this treatment, as it can eliminate the discomfort they are experiencing while maintaining the tooth. Extraction and restoration of a natural tooth is not a desirable option, so many patients will seek the assistance of a dental team for root canal treatment before considering more invasive solutions.
Drs. Thompson and Frey of Owensboro, KY provide area patients with a wide variety of cosmetic and general dental treatments, including restorative procedures and endodontic therapies such as root canals. Using modern, state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality dental materials, our patients can rest easy knowing their smile is in good hands. Our team of dental professionals is focused on helping patients achieve good oral health while enjoying a beautiful smile for life.