Dispelling Root Canal Treatment’s Bad Rap

Before you read any further, let’s get something out of the way. Root canal treatment – an amazing dental technique that saves teeth – gets a bad rap.

Despite its proven success, amazing outcome, and modern-day technique, I still hear patients ask me when treatment is completed, “Wow, is that it?!” This is because the pain associated with root canal treatment is usually that which occurred pre-treatment – not from the treatment itself.

Why are root canal treatments necessary?

Most people don’t think of teeth as living tissue, but they actually are! Each tooth contains channels (root canals) that extend from the crown (the protective covering that appear above the gums) down to the roots. They house nerves and blood vessels that transport vital nutrition your tooth needs to stay healthy.

When teeth become infected, badly decayed, or damaged due to trauma, root canal treatment may be required to get you out of pain or to eliminate the risk of swelling, abscess, or the spread of infection. In all cases, a root canal treatment can be the difference between saving a tooth or losing it. My goal is to always help you save your teeth – because without them you risk bone loss, esthetic concerns, and may have trouble eating the healthy nutritious foods that support both your oral health and your overall health.

Using knowledge, skills, and technology, I can remove the infected pulp, clean and fill the empty channel to save the tooth. The treated tooth functions normally, although a crown is usually required to protect the damaged tooth from fracture or improve the esthetics should the tooth discolor after treatment.

After your first appointment, you’ll experience the wonderful relief that root canal treatment provides, and take great comfort knowing you will never experience pain in that tooth again.

After your treatment, we’ll help you keep your regular dental recare appointments so that we can proactively detect concerns early on, saving you time, effort, money … and your beautiful smile!

If you’re experiencing sudden pain in your tooth, immediately contact us at Morgan Family Dentistry. We want to do everything possible to preserve your tooth, with minimally invasive techniques and warm, friendly, compassionate care.

Yours in excellent dental health,
Dr. Ed Morgan, your Derry family dentist