When you're in the throes of pain due to a toothache, all that you can think of is how to get relief from it. A root canal is the only reliable way you can get rid of pain due to an infection or abscess while also keeping your original tooth intact. Learn more about how getting a root canal at the Venice, FL office of Dr. Clark Wright can reduce your tooth pain.
Why a Root Canal?
Getting a root canal is the process of clearing a diseased tooth of the bad stuff (bacteria and inflamed pulp tissue), disinfecting it thoroughly, then refilling and covering it so that it won't get infected again. Your dentist may suggest a root canal as an alternative to extraction because it's best to keep your naturally rooted tooth whenever possible. You also save the expense of having to get a dental implant or other tooth replacement.
How Does a Root Canal Reduce Pain?
Some people think that a root canal causes pain, but it actually reduces pain. The source of the pain is the diseased tissue irritating your nerves—once that is removed, you'll get relief. Your Venice dentist will provide you with a sedation treatment that will also reduce the pain and help ensure that you have a comfortable experience during your appointment.
Root Canal Aftercare
If you want to avoid future tooth pain and the need for a root canal in the future, take these aftercare tips:
- Avoid eating or chewing on the tooth until it's been covered by a permanent crown.
- Brush and floss regularly to ensure the health of the crown and your overall oral health.
- See your dentist at the first sign of discomfort in the treated tooth or swelling.
- Make an appointment three to six months after the root canal to check on the treated tooth.
Call for an Exam
Your Venice, FL dentist can tell you if you're a good candidate for root canal therapy. Call Dr. Clark Wright's office at (941) 493-5923 today to schedule an examination.