How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?
Millions of teeth each year are treated and saved with root canal therapy. During root canal therapy, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, if the root canal is successful, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Does a Root Canal Hurt?
Depending on your personal circumstance, a root canal can often be done in one visit, and contrary to common belief can be done with minimal discomfort. While it is one of the most feared dental procedures it should not be if you have someone who knows what they are doing and has the experience necessary. When someone knows what they are doing and has good experience performing the procedure it should not be any more painful than a filling or a crown. Dr. Randy Stucki has many years of experience with root canals and does a great job of helping people stay comfortable while he is taking care of them.
Do Root Canals Work?
Root canal treatment helps you maintain your natural smile and teeth, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper dental care following root canal therapy, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.