Root canals are a much maligned dental procedure, but with a gentle, experienced dentist they need not be feared. A root canal is necessary when the pulp in the root of a tooth becomes diseased and dies. The pulp provides nutrients to the tooth and if the diseased pulp is not removed, it can cause an infection in the tooth and lead to the loss of the tooth. In a root canal, this diseased pulp is removed and the area around it is cleaned and sealed from further damage. After a root canal, a crown is placed over the tooth.
In our O’Fallon dental office, we know that patients fear root canals. Our entire staff is trained in providing comfort and reassurance to our patients. With today’s advancements in dental pain control techniques, in most cases root canals can be achieved entirely pain free.