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Dental technology has come a long way. In the past a tooth that was damaged by decay or trauma may well have been extracted. However, many teeth are saved these days by a process which has a name that strikes terror into the hearts of dental patients: the root canal. If you associate the term “root canal” with intense pain and a long recovery period, read on!

The science involved in dental medicine has made huge strides when it comes to pain management. Local and general anesthetics and sedation methods can make your visit to the dentist easy and comfortable. If you are concerned about discomfort during your appointment, talk with Dr. Allen Daniels before your visit.

A root canal is needed when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected through a cavity or fracture in your tooth. While the pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels for your tooth, the tooth itself can survive without the pulp, and in most cases can support a crown. To remove the pulp, the dentist will access it with small drill. After removing the pulp, the dentist will clean and disinfect the root chamber to neutralize any remaining bacteria. Then he will enlarge the root chamber in order to insert a material called gutta percha, which will take the place of the pulp. After sealing the tooth, the dentist will make an appointment to see you for a follow-up visit and to discuss placing a crown on your tooth.

If your dentist gives you a prescription for a pain-reliever, anti-inflammatory or antibiotic, make certain to carefully follow his directions. In the meantime, if you have persistent pain, or develop swelling, nausea, chills or a fever, you should contact Bright Dental right away.

If you live in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana, area and have a tooth that has been giving your trouble, call 812-656-8888 today to make an appointment.