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How a root canal can help relieve pain

A toothache can be extremely uncomfortable. Unlike other aches and pains in the body, simply treating it with pain relievers and rest Root Canal won’t produce any results. In fact, delaying treatment of a toothache can make it much worse. In many cases, a root canal from one of the dentists at Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in Queen Creek, Arizona can make a huge difference in how your tooth feels and functions.

What is a root canal?

Root canals, also called endodontic therapy, help to restore a tooth’s function by clearing away the inner tissues of a tooth, which have become infected due to advanced decay or trauma. Using local anesthetic, your Queen Creek dentist uses tools to clean and disinfect the inside of the affected tooth. Dr. Tyler Saunders or Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn will then fill in the inner portion of the tooth with a rubber material that will strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage. A porcelain crown is usually affixed to the top portion of the tooth to reinforce it further.

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Are root canals painful?

Root canals have obtained an unfairly bad reputation as a painful, lengthy and risky procedure. This is due in part to outdated dental practices and faulty research studies. At Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry in Queen Creek, we strive to stay educated on the most up-to-date techniques and take every precaution to ensure your health and safety during every procedure. In truth, a root canal is one of the faster dental procedures available, and its purpose is not to cause pain, but to relieve it by removing the infection. Many of our Queen Creek dental patients compare root canals to having a cavity filled – they take about the same amount of time and anesthesia. And with same-day crowns offered by your Queen Creek dentist, the entire procedure can be completed in one appointment.

If you’d like more information on how a root canal can improve your dental health, give Ocotillo Trails Family Dentistry a call to set up an appointment with either Dr. Matthew Scheerhorn or Dr. Tyler Saunders!

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