Tooth Extractions and Root Canals
Dental related pain can be very intense, uncomfortable and debilitating. There are many reasons why a toothache can develop. Teeth can break, exposing the nerve of the tooth. Tooth cavities can damage the nerve of the tooth and cause infections. Bone loss from periodontal disease can even cause tooth and gum pain, just to name a few. Depending on the condition of the tooth and gum, an extraction or root canal may be indicated. For those anxious patients, we can offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and/or minimal oral sedation to make treatment more comfortable.
If a patient is in pain and the tooth can be saved, a root canal can be performed to avoid an extraction.
- The center of the tooth is where the nerve is located. If a cavity or fracture gets close to the nerve, a patient may experience pain.
- During a root canal, the nerve of the tooth is removed and replaced with a dental filling material.
- After the root canal procedure, your dentist will often place a crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
- Root canals are a great option for patients who wish to keep their teeth and get out of dental related pain.
On the other hand, if the tooth or surrounding bone is too badly damaged, an extraction may be necessary.
- On the day of the extraction appointment, we will walk through what to expect and how to best take care of the extraction site for the days to come to best ensure proper healing.
- We will answer any questions or concerns you may have at that time as well.
- If ever there is a question or concern after business hours, our doctors are available by phone and are more than happy to assist you.
- Getting a tooth pulled should not be a traumatic experience and we take those added steps to ensure a safe and healthy outcome.