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Expert Dentists in Bourbon, IN, Providing Tooth Restoration

Many dental procedures are rooted in tooth restoration, but the most common—or, at least, the one most people know—is root canal therapy. However, there are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding the procedure. Luckily, the staff at Bourbon Family Dentistry are experts ready to help you make the right decision.

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Why Would I Need Root Canal Therapy?

Root canals can become inflamed or infected. This could be caused by cracks in the tooth that allow bacteria to enter the canal, severe tooth decay, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth. When inflammation or infection is left untreated, that’s when toothaches and abscesses appear. There are several signs that you may need to seek root canal therapy, including:

  • Pain
  • Unusual sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness if touched or chewing
  • Discoloration

However, it’s possible you won’t have any symptoms at all, which is why it’s so important to have your teeth checked and cleaned regularly.

What Is a Root Canal?

Root canals are passageways inside the tooth leading down from the upper section of the tooth. They provide passage for nerves in the gums to pass into the teeth. A tooth can have anywhere between one and four root canals.

What Is the Procedure for Root Canal Therapy?

The patient is prepped using local anesthesia to numb the tooth. The dentist then makes an opening in the crown (top) of the tooth. The root is cleared, cleaned, and shaped, then filled with a biocompatible material. Usually, a temporary filling will be used to close the opening between the root canal and crown, which your dentist will replace with a proper crown at a later date.

I Heard That Root Canals Are the Most Painful Dental Procedure. Is That True?

While this may have been true in the past, anesthesia has improved greatly in the modern era. The sensation of getting a root canal is similar to getting a filling. Our dentists are also experts in pain management and patient comfort, so you can expect to get the best service possible.

Should I Have My Tooth Pulled or Get Root Canal Therapy?

It’s always best to go with the option that saves your natural tooth. Keeping your natural tooth protects the surrounding teeth from suffering wear and tear that can occur during and after removal. Root canal therapy also has a very high success rate from decades of practice, and the procedure can keep your tooth healthy for the rest of your life.

Don’t Wait Until You Lose a Tooth

Getting root canal therapy at the right time can save you from needing an extraction. Our office is conveniently located in Bourbon, IN. We accept most major insurances, so even if you come in for a same-day emergency appointment, we have you covered.

If you’ve been noticing soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 574-342-4385 at your earliest convenience!