Dr. James S. Kim, DDS. SC

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canal Therapy

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Root Canal Therapy

For most people, the mere thought of a root canal is a scary prospect. But the truth about root canals is that they are not painful because you are numbed for the entire procedure. In most cases, the toothache that brings you to the dentist—usually signaling the need for a root canal—is far more painful than the procedure itself.

The root canal procedure is quite simple. Once the area is entirely numb, Dr. Kim will drill a tiny hole in your tooth to remove the infected tooth pulp. Working through this hole, he will use a set of specialized tools to clean out any infection and bacteria to keep it from spreading to your healthy teeth.

Once the area is cleaned out, he will flush it out, and in most cases, he will also apply an antibiotic to keep the infection from recurring. The hole will then be filled using composite resin filling material.

Because the tooth structure that remains will likely be brittle, a crown is usually placed over it to strengthen and protect it. Once the procedure is finished, your tooth will be restored to its full functionality, and you will no longer be at risk of tooth loss.

Painless Root Canals in Wausau, WI

Although most people fear root canals because they believe they are painful, thanks to advancements in dental technology and techniques, you most likely won't feel a thing during your procedure!

While you may feel some discomfort following the procedure because of the body's inflammatory process while you heal, it won't last long and can usually be treated with over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or Advil.

Most people who need root canal therapy are already in pain from a toothache (which is likely where the idea of root canal treatment being painful came from). The root canal therapy will relieve that pain and treat the infection. Most people feel a vast improvement right away!

Don't let the root canal's lousy reputation prevent you from getting the treatment you need. Root canal therapy can save your natural tooth and prevent an extraction. In most cases, preserving the natural tooth is the better choice for both your dental health and your wallet! While extraction might seem more straightforward, the fact is, missing teeth contribute to a whole host of other problems, including bone loss, bite misalignments, and jaw pain.

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If you are experiencing pain in a tooth, please don’t hesitate. Call our Wausau dental office today so we can get you in, determine the cause, and recommend an appropriate treatment.

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