One of the most common dental procedures, root canals have earned an unfairly bad reputation for being painful. Having a root canal at the dental office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA can save your teeth and prevent you from needing implants or dentures in the future in a virtually painless manner.
The center of your tooth is made of what is called the pulp. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves which, when infected, can become inflamed, show visible lumps in the gum, cause sensitivity to temperature, and be painful. Symptoms may be visible and noticeable, but other times they are asymptomatic. Therefore, it is important to visit our West Palm Beach office regularly to ensure that you remain in good oral health.
If you experience symptoms or your dentist notices severe tooth decay or infection, he or she will most likely recommend a root canal. During a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber is then cleaned thoroughly and sealed. Root canals are generally done under local anesthesia, so the entire treatment is pain-free and comfortable.
There are times when an infection is so extreme that root canal therapy cannot be done to save the tooth. Your dentist will inform you at the time of your consultation or appointment if this is the case. If you are a suitable candidate for a root canal, you will likely be able to drive home after the treatment and return to your daily routine instantaneously.
After a root canal has been performed, your dental team will determine which restoration will be best suited to protect your tooth. It is important to practice good oral hygiene always, especially after a root canal in order to prevent further tooth decay.
For a comfortable experience, call the dental office of John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA, if you are experiencing any pain, symptoms of infection, or believe you may need a root canal. The consequences of not undergoing a root canal are much more dangerous and painful than undergoing a painless root canal treatment at our West Palm Beach office.