Reno, NV Root Canal Dentist
We don’t know of anyone who likes to think about having a root canal. After decades of awful stories and bad jokes, it’s no wonder people have a negative reaction to the news that they need a root canal.
The team at the office of Dan Barrett DMD, wants you to know that, despite what you've heard, root canals don't have to be stressful or uncomfortable. The truth is that, with state-of-the-art technology and the support of a compassionate team of professionals, root canals at our Reno, NV dental office are usually no more complicated than having a cavity filled.
Why You Need a Root Canal
Our job is to keep your teeth healthy and intact. A root canal is a procedure that allows us to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
When decay and disease penetrate the innermost portion of your tooth, we need to perform a root canal. During the procedure, Dr. Barrett uses state-of-the-art rotary endodontic technology to skillfully remove any infected tissue from inside the root or roots of the tooth. Then the canals inside the roots of the tooth are cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. In most cases, a dental crown will be recommended to protect and strengthen the tooth.
One of the questions we hear most often is, “Do root canals hurt?” The simple answer is no! Before your procedure begins, Dr. Barrett will make sure the affected area is completely numb. We are also pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation if you feel like you will need a little extra help to relax. Our team is sensitive to your concerns and will go out of their way to put you at ease during treatment.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection
The signs and symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal vary from person to person. If you’re in intense pain and can’t identify any other reason, a root canal may be needed. Another symptom associated with root canal infection is an uncomfortable bump on the gum near the affected tooth.
Dr. Barrett will use digital x-rays to diagnose the problem, then provide you with a treatment recommendation. It’s important to remember that a tooth that needs a root canal may not hurt, and a tooth that hurts may not need a root canal. This is why we emphasize the importance of regular dental exams – they help us stay on top of any problems that are developing without your knowledge.
Please Call for an Appointment
Please don’t let the fear of having a root canal put your oral health in jeopardy. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or suspect you may need a root canal, please call our Reno dental office. The sooner we can get you in for treatment, the sooner we can provide you with the relief you need.