How a Root Canal Procedure Preserves Your Tooth and Stops Your Pain

A tooth infection is incredibly painful. The throbbing and radiating pain it causes is often unrelenting, even with over-the-counter pain relievers. Getting the news that you need a root canal can cause fear and anxiety because root canals have a reputation for being painful. The truth is that a root canal procedure saves your tooth and relieves the pain of a tooth infection.

The Washington, DC, community can rely on the skill and expertise of cosmetic and general dentists Lauren Izadi, DDS, and Edward Kim, DDS, to keep your smiles sparkling and healthy. We understand the apprehension about root canal procedures. It should ease your anxiety to know that root canal treatment has come a long way, and it is no longer something to fear. 

No need to fear root canal treatment

If you need a root canal, you’re likely already in pain. Infections deep enough to require a root canal typically cause significant pain, so it’s understandable that you want to avoid enduring additional discomfort. 

Decades ago, root canal treatment was rather uncomfortable. Today, modern technology makes root canal treatment a comfortable and effective procedure. 

Why do I need a root canal?

A root canal is recommended for serious tooth infections, often from decay that’s too large to treat with a filling. The goal is to save your natural tooth. To do this, your provider cleans out the infection and seals the tooth. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and it could cause you to lose not only your tooth but also part of your jaw.

Benefits of saving your natural tooth

A root canal is one of the most effective ways to treat a tooth infection and save your natural tooth. Yet, you may wonder whether it’s better to extract the infected tooth instead. We can assure you that saving your natural tooth should always be the first choice.

Extracting your infected tooth may take care of the infection, but it leaves an empty space. While this may not seem like a big deal, a gap in your teeth impacts your oral health. When you chew, the pressure from your teeth coming together helps to stimulate your jawbone to keep the bone tissue strong. Without the pressure, the empty area of your jawbone may weaken.

Additionally, gaps in your teeth serve as plaque traps. Debris from food accumulates in spaces between your teeth and feeds harmful bacteria, putting you at risk for more cavities.

Saving your natural tooth provides an even biting force and preserves a natural appearance. If you’re given a choice between root canal treatment and tooth extraction, it’s best to choose the root canal.

Everyone who visits West End Dental with tooth pain receives a comprehensive evaluation. If your infection is mild, your provider may be able to fill the tooth. However, if a root canal is recommended, you can be assured that your comfort is a top priority. 

For tooth pain and all of your dental needs, contact the West End Dental team to schedule your visit with one of our top-quality providers.

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