The words “root canal therapy” can strike fear into the hearts of even the calmest patients, but much of that fear is misplaced. In this video, Dr. Patel explains what a root canal is and why it’s nothing to get worked up over.

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video transcript

Hi there, Dr. Ashish Patel here to talk to you about a topic that very few people really want to talk about and that’s the dreaded root canal. Now the media has given the root canal a bad name and people always portray it in movies as something that’s really painful and the truth of the matter is in today’s modern science and modern dentistry, root canals have become very comfortable and it’s a great way of salvaging a tooth whose nerve is dying.

So, What is a Root Canal?

Well RCT, or root canal therapy, occurs when the decay in a tooth has gotten to the nerve of the tooth. When it gets to the nerve of the tooth, it tends to hurt.

In order to relieve that pain, we then have to remove the nerve and remove the blood supply from a tooth and that’s what we call root canal therapy. We replace that with a rubber filling. That rubber filling, in essence, makes that tooth no longer a living tooth. After a root canal, we typically put a crown on that tooth to help hold it together. That crown will seal up the tooth and protect that fragile tooth since it’s no longer living.

So root canal procedures have changed a lot in the last few years. We have some great specialists that we work with, we do some root canals and in our office. If you’re having a toothache or you have in pain with the tooth that’s kind of consistent please don’t hesitate and give our office a call, we’d love to get you out of pain.