Endodontics

I’d Rather Have a Root Canal

Endodontics is the dental specialty focused on the study and treatment of the dental pulp. The dental pulp is located within the center of a tooth and is made up of living connective tissue, nerves, and cells. Sometimes the pulp can become infected or injured, in which case, you may be in need of endodontic treatment. Root canals are the most common type of endodontic treatment. If you need a root canal, we want you to know you are great hands with our team.

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What is a Root Canal?

Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is one of the most common dental procedures performed. If you have an infection within the pulp of a tooth or have suffered an injury that damaged the pulp, you may need a root canal to save the tooth and avoid an extraction.

First, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and make sure you don’t feel a thing. We will then make a small access hole in the tooth. Using specialized instruments, we will carefully clean the canals and remove any infection. We will reshape the root canals to their desired location, and fill the chamber to prevent further infection.

Finally, we will typically finish a root canal by sealing the tooth with a new crown, to protect and reinforce the tooth to prevent further damage or infection. See, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Will it hurt?

We know that root canals have earned a bad reputation over the years, but the truth is, having a root canal today is usually no more uncomfortable than having a cavity filled. It’s actually the pain of an infected tooth left untreated that’s much worse than the root canal itself. We use only the most advanced techniques and technology for the most conservative, most comfortable treatment.

We will use a local anesthetic to make sure the entire area is completely numb so you don’t feel a thing. If you’re still feeling uncomfortable or anxious, we have sedation options available to make your treatment a breeze. Don’t wait for the problem to resolve itself – because it won’t!

Do I need a Root Canal?

You may need a root canal if:

  • You have sensitivity to hot and cold
  • You have a toothache
  • You have an infected tooth
  • You have an abscess, pus or swelling
  • You have a cracked tooth
  • You have deep decay
  • You’ve injured or broken a tooth

Contact Us

It will only get worse if you ignore it, so you should see your Lafayette dentist right away if you notice any of the above signs and symptoms. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 337.446.2397. Dr. Muse would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your treatment options.

337.446.2397
217 E. Kaliste Saloom Rd. Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70508
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