3 Facts About Root Canal Therapy

about root canalsSaving your teeth is always high on the list of priorities at your dental office, as well as protecting them from disease. Sometimes, improper hygiene techniques can lead to infections or nerve damage deep within the canals of your tooth. When this occurs, the best course of treatment is usually root canal therapy because it quickly eliminates pain and bacteria, while simultaneously saving a major part of your natural tooth structure. Although root canals receive a bit of negative press, they are extremely beneficial in restorative dentistry.

Permanent Pain Relief

Once a root canal has been completed, the entirety of the sensitive nerves inside your tooth will be gone forever. This means no pain when eating or drinking, no more incessant throbbing from infection, and no worries of further damage to your tooth. Because a tooth is basically “dead” after a root cleansing procedure, you should alert your dentist immediately if you experience any sensations within or around the tooth. Pain or sensitivity could be a sign that retreatment is necessary.

Aesthetically Pleasing Final Result

The last stage of a root cleansing therapy is to receive a permanent, custom crown. Your crown will be specially designed in a dental lab to perfectly match your other teeth, and is usually invisible to the untrained eye. Crowns can be made of several different materials based on your dental habits and needs. Most people choose porcelain for its uncanny ability to mimic natural teeth.

It’s Not Painful!

Root canal therapy receives an extremely unnecessary connotation for being an unpleasant experience and something that you should avoid. When in fact, the entire procedure is utterly painless thanks to experienced dental professionals, and a vast array of anesthetic options to suit your needs. You can be sure that your dental professional will not begin the procedure until your mouth is more than sufficiently numb, and you are prepared to begin.


Michael J. Young, DDS, and his skilled team of dental care professionals happily serve patients and their families, living in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To learn more, contact us today at our Lafayette dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.