A root canal treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause increased sensitivity and a whole lot of pain.
The technical word for a root canal is endodontic therapy. It works like this: after an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.
No one likes going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. Dr. Jon Jenson offers sedation dentistry, including IV sedation. Patients who undergo IV sedation will need a ride home afterward.