A dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful and scary place. Alaska Premier Dental Group tries to discourage that with its professional staff. But root canals still carry a strong association with pain, even though it doesn’t have to be that way.
When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, a root canal may be the only way to save it. Root canals have a bad reputation: with modern dentistry they are not nearly as painful as many people believe. In most cases they aren’t much different than having a cavity filled.
With a root canal, we clean the inside of an infected tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and capped with a crown.
Root canals, in short dont cause pain; they relieve it.
Though a root canal can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to us is vital, and can relieve much of your anxiety. For many people the pain of the infected tooth is worse than any pain that might be experienced during the procedure.
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