Root Canal Therapy in Apex, NC
Few dental procedures have as bad a reputation as root canals.
Most people associate them with pain, and that association – combined with little knowledge of the procedure – causes many patients to feel anxious about root canal therapy.
When root canal therapy is necessary, it’s likely that your tooth is infected, and it is the infection inside your tooth that causes your pain. The truth is that this helpful procedure actually alleviates pain and might save your tooth from an extraction.
How Does Root Canal Therapy Help?
During a root canal, Dr. Cordes will carefully remove the tissue inside your tooth that is causing infection through a small access hole in the top. Once your tooth is free of infection, the hole is closed with a temporary filling, and your tooth can now heal.
Once healing is completed, you’ll return to our office to have your tooth built up with a dental crown or permanent filling. This ensures that your tooth still provides all the function you were used to before the infection.
Is It Painful?
Dr. Cordes uses the best dental anesthetics to ensure that you are comfortable during your procedure and don't feel a thing, and as soon as the anesthetics are delivered, you will feel relief from the pain your infection is causing. Dr. Cordes is gentle and has many years of experience, so your procedure will be effective, efficient, and comfortable.
Patients who might experience anxiety or fear around their dental procedures can use nitrous oxide to help them feel relaxed. Nitrous is a gas that works quickly to help you feel at ease, and it also leaves your system quickly after your procedure. This means that you are able to get back to your normal activities right after your treatment is complete without worrying about any after effects of nitrous oxide.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
Believe it or not, there are many root canals that could’ve been avoided. Decay of the pulp or nerve of your tooth is the cause of a dental infection. When decay in your tooth is detected early on and you are proactive about getting it treated, you may be able to treat it with a less invasive dental filling.
Dr. Cordes can detect decay in its earliest stages, and he’ll screen you for it at your six-month checkups. These visits can also help you discover other issues early on, like periodontal (gum) disease, so you can treat them more effectively.
Contact Dr. Cordes
If you are experiencing dental pain, don’t wait for it to go away on its own. Contact Dr. Cordes right away so we can determine the best treatment for your needs and get you comfortable and back on the path to wellness.