Michael Franquemont, DDS
Dr. Michael Franquemont

Are Root Canals Painful?

December 13, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Michael Franquemont

Contrary to popular belief, root canals are not painful. Many people think it’s the procedure that’s painful when it’s really the tooth infection; root canal treatment relieves this pain! Each year, more than 15 million teeth are treated with a root canal, also known as endodontic treatment

Dr. Mike is a gentle root canal dentist in Centennial, CO, who can get your smile back on track. Our dental office can provide you with the comfortable, pain-free dentistry you need to heal from a root canal infection. 

Why Might I Need a Root Canal?

Your dentist might recommend a root canal if your tooth is infected or there’s pulpal nerve damage. When a tooth breaks or has a deep cavity, bacteria can infect the tooth’s pulp that holds all the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. An untreated tooth infection can lead to disease in other parts of the body, bone loss, and tooth loss. 

The Root Canal Procedure 

First, we examine your mouth, taking x-rays to determine the precise location of the infection, and we anesthetize the area, so you don’t feel pain or discomfort. Next, we place a rubber barrier over the treatment area to keep it clean during the procedure and make a tiny opening in the tooth to access the pulp. We then gently clean the tooth and remove the infected material, so the tooth is free from bacteria and disease. 

Once the tooth is clean, we shape the root canal and fill it with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal it completely. Finally, we place a dental crown to restore the tooth’s shape, strength, and function. Our dental restorations are of the highest quality, so you can expect a durable, natural-looking dental crown or filling.

Gentle, Pain-Free Root Canals in Centennial 

Dr. Michael Franquemont (“Dr. Mike”) offers gentle, pain-free root canals at our Centennial dental office. If you have a tooth infection or deep decay, don’t wait for professional dental treatment! It’s better to be safe than sorry; root canal treatment can save your natural tooth and protect your oral health. 

Please get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike, and we’ll discuss your treatment options. 

We look forward to caring for your smile! 

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