Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At Koch Park Dental in Florissant, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.
It doesn’t need to be that way. Patients need to get a root canal because of an infected tooth. That tooth is usually giving them pain, sometimes a lot of pain. A root canal is performed to relieve it, and to save the tooth. The procedure itself is painless.
It’s called a “root canal” because we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.
Most root canals are successful, and result in the infected tooth being saved. The only alternative is to have the tooth extracted – so as worrisome as it might be to hear you need a root canal, the alternative is worse.