Root Canals

If you react with dread at the thought of having a root canal, you’re not alone. It’s a common reaction, but we know that high-quality root canal treatment doesn’t have to be a stressful experience for anyone. Today’s we use state-of-the-art equipment and skill, making a root canal more comfortable than you ever thought possible. 

At First Care Dental, we perform root canals on adults and teens who have all their permanent teeth. Our team knows that root canals cause stress for many. Your comfort is as important to us as it is to you, and we’ll do everything possible to make sure your treatment is stress-free.

Reasons to Perform a Root Canal

We recommend root canal treatment when the nerve of a tooth is severely damaged due to injury or decay that has spread deep inside the tooth. If the nerve is damaged beyond repair, there are really just two options left for bringing relief - root canal or extraction.

You may be tempted to put off treatment if you’re really anxious about root canals. But if we don’t treat the tooth quickly, you may develop a painful dental abscess, along with swelling and severe pain. Many people don’t realize that if we don’t treat the abscess, it can actually become a life-threatening situation.

The Root Canal Procedure 

Your teeth are composed of three layers that make up the part of the tooth that’s visible below your gum. Enamel is a very strong material and forms the outer layer of our teeth. Dentin is the layer in the middle, and at the very center of the tooth is  the nerve (dental pulp). The nerve consists of two parts: the pulp chamber and the root canal. 

First, we’ll numb the tooth so you won’t feel any discomfort. We then prepare the tooth and remove infected tissue inside the root canals.

After we're sure all the infection has been removed the canals are disinfected, the canals are filled and sealed with a sterile material. If the root canal is performed on a molar, we usually recommend that a crown be placed to protect and strengthen the tooth.

Root canals have a terrible reputation, but in fact, they typically don’t hurt! Once we're sure that the tooth to be treated is numb, you won't feel anything. There may be some lingering soreness afterward, but it isn't anything serious and can usually be relieved with an over-the-counter pain medication.

Please Contact Us for an Appointment

When you’re with us, you can be confident that your care is in the hands of our experienced, caring team. Our team is expert when it comes to keeping our patients comfortable and relaxed. 

If you're worried that you might be a candidate for a root canal, please contact our Carson City dental office right away to make an appointment. If you are already in pain, please call and we’ll make arrangements to see you as quickly as possible – usually the same day.