When it comes to dental procedures, many people worry about root canals in Northern Kentucky. You don’t need to be nervous, though. With a root canal procedure, you can keep a tooth threatened by infection, avoiding an extraction and tooth replacement.
Doctor Theiss on Root Canals Read Transcript
Somebody comes in with a tooth giving them pain and it's abscessed, we can do a root canal. Nobody likes root canals, but they work, they get you out of pain. We’re trying to save your teeth so we can keep them for a long time, so by taking the nerve out of that tooth, we can get you out of pain and get a great result.
Root canals do get a bad reputation. Nine times out of 10, they don't give you any pain afterwards, and they work really well. So nobody wants one, but they're a necessary evil sometimes. If you have a problem, we can take care of it.
We keep root canal therapy as stress-free as possible with:
- A doctor who has performed countless procedures in his years of dentistry
- Technology like 3D imaging and an intraoral camera, which we use to plan and perform your root canal treatment
- Dental sedation to keep you relaxed throughout your procedure
- A compassionate team who is totally committed to your comfort
Extraction vs. Root Canal Treatment: We’ll Recommend What’s Best
When pulp inside your tooth gets infected, your treatment choices are receiving root canal therapy or having your tooth removed. Dr. James D. Theiss will explain both options to you and answer all of your questions so you can make an informed decision. We’ll consider the extent of your infection and damage to your tooth’s structure, among other factors.
We’ll help you evaluate:
- The Effect on Your Mouth – During an extraction, you lose tooth roots along with the tooth. Without roots, you’ll lose bone density in your jaw. A root canal procedure allows you to keep your tooth structure, including the roots. So your jawbone will stay strong.
- Cost – While root canal treatment costs more than an extraction, your tooth remains intact. There is no need to replace it. If you replace your tooth after an extraction, the two procedures will have a similar cost.
- Recovery – Root canal recovery is easier than recovery following an extraction. You’ll have no bleeding and minimal discomfort. Neither your diet nor your oral care routine will need to change in the days following your treatment.
No matter which procedure you choose, dental sedation is available if you need it. For root canals in Northern Kentucky, call 859-781-3090.