How a Root Canal Procedure Relieves Your Pain

Most people have heard the term root canal and though you may not know what it is, you may think it’s going to be painful. Although it is a significant dental procedure, a root canal actually relieves your pain and doesn’t make it worse.

Skilled dentists Dr. Assia Fain, Dr. Marius Templer, and Dr. Mohamed Hassan provide high-quality dental care in a welcoming and supportive environment at Lakeside Family Dental. Our experienced and compassionate team offers a full range of dental services that allow you to have gorgeous, healthy teeth that you can be proud of. 

Even more complex dental treatments such as root canals are smooth and easy when you’re under the care of Dr. Babenkov. 

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that allows a badly damaged or decayed tooth to be saved. Your tooth is made up of three layers: the hard outer enamel layer, the middle dentin layer, and the inner layer of pulp. The pulp layer contains nerves and blood vessels. 

If the enamel layer is damaged or decay develops, small holes called cavities can form. These holes allow the decay to travel into the inner layers of your tooth, causing pain and further deterioration. 

In a root canal, one of our providers removes the inner layer of your tooth and protects your tooth with a cap called a crown.

Why would I need a root canal?

You may need a root canal if you have a tooth that’s decayed so badly that the pulp is exposed and infected. This is the most common reason for a root canal, as it can cause significant swelling and pain. Another reason you might need a root canal is if your tooth is badly damaged or detached. 

The root canal procedure

Before your root canal, one of our providers numbs your tooth and those around it so you won’t experience any discomfort during the procedure. They then fit a dental dam around your tooth to isolate it during the procedure.

Finally, they drill a tiny hole into the top of your tooth and remove the pulp. The Lakeside Family Dental provider carefully cleans and disinfects the hole. He or she then replaces the pulp with a special rubbery material. The hole in your tooth is filled in and a metal or porcelain cap called a crown is fitted over your tooth to protect it.

How a root canal relieves your pain

The pulp of your tooth contains nerves that cause you to feel pain. Once one of our providers removes the pulp through a root canal, your tooth won’t cause you any discomfort. 

Your tooth will function the same as all your others and you can eat, drink, and speak normally without any discomfort. 

If you’re experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need a root canal to relieve your pain while preserving your tooth. To learn more about this and other dental procedures we offer, call our office located in Shrewsbury, MA at 508-203-4145 or use our online booking.

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