Endodontics – The Dreaded “Root Canal”
It used to be that when the dentist mentioned “Root Canal”, chills would run up and down the spine while a morbid dread would fall over the patient. Not so anymore! With modern technology and techniques, there is no need to fear gong to the dentist for a root canal procedure. Remember: Patient Comfort is our #1 Priority! TLC Dental Care has an entire Comfort Menu to ensure your comfort during any procedure.
The Throbbing Pain
If you are experiencing throbbing, sensitivity to hot and cold, or a toothache and/or pain in the temple area, a root canal may be the proper treatment.
Root canals are most often used to treat decayed teeth that have become infected. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp of the tooth will be removed, and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed. This will prevent further infection from occurring and stop abscesses from forming.
What is an Endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who has specialized training in treating areas inside the tooth, such as the pulp (made up of nerves, blood vessels and soft tissues). Like general dentists, endodontists have completed dental school, and then in addition, they have completed two to three years of advanced training. The most common procedure performed by endodontists is a root canal.
Endodontist Referral Program
If you are in need of endodontic treatment, Dr. Clauson will assess your treatment needs. She will then discuss your options and the next steps you may take. If it is an complicated endodontic situation, Dr. Clauson may refer you to a trained and trusted endodontist. Many endodontists have state-of-the-art technology that allows them to treat challenging root canals in less than an hour.