Calming Root Canal Fears

British Columbia Dentist Calms Root Canal FearsA dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful place. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we try to discourage that image with a caring staff. Even so, hearing they need a root canal can strike fear in the most courageous of our patients.

Root canals, known formally as endodontic therapy, still carry a strong association with pain. It doesn’t need to be that way. Root canals are performed on infected teeth, which can cause a great deal of pain. The root canal doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.

When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, we clean the inside of the tooth by removing the bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris that may be causing the tooth infection from the inside of the tooth. We then seal the tooth to prevent further decay, and finish by applying a crown or filling.

The process can be completed, typically, in just a few visits. In many cases, a root canal is a better option than removing the infected tooth since it allows you to keep your natural tooth.

Though root canals can be intimidating or scary, educating yourself and talking to the team at Choose Your Smile in Kelowna can relieve much of your anxiety. We can provide sedation dentistry to get you through a root canal or other procedure. Call us today to schedule your next checkup.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7

 

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The Cure, Not the Cause: Root Canals in Kelowna

The dentist’s office is sometimes seen as a painful place. At Choose Your Smile in Kelowna, we do our best to dispel that image with a 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. With modern dentistry, a root canal isn’t much different than getting a cavity filled.

A root canal is a procedure done to relieve dental pain, and to save a tooth. That point gets lost sometimes. They usually become necessary when there is inflammation or an infection in a tooth’s root. We¬†clean the inside of the tooth by removing bacteria, soft tissue (called pulp), decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.

In other words, an abscessed tooth is what causes pain. A root canal is done to relieve it.

We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. An option we provide is sedation. We offer oral conscious sedation, which means taking a sedative, and IV sedation, which is administered intravenously.

In addition to root canals, Choose Your Smile in Kelowna provides general and cosmetic dentistry, and gum disease treatment. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Choose Your Smile – Dr. Stephen Malfair:

250-860-8900

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

301-1890 Cooper Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
V1Y 8B7