Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Root Canal Process Blog Post | Laser Dentistry

Your toothache is severe. It even woke you up last night. You'll do anything to relieve this pain, and your dentist has told you that you need a root canal. You're not sure what happens during a root canal, but you're sure it's probably pretty painful!

Dr. Kelly Clarke is here to set the record straight about root canal therapy in Bradenton, FL.

What are Root Canals?

When your tooth sustains an injury or infection at the root or pulp level, you'll need root canal therapy to preserve your tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is not the cause of your pain. It's actually the infection in your tooth that causes discomfort. Root canal therapy will actually relieve your pain, eliminate infection, and protect your tooth from extraction.

Dr. Clarke will create a small access hole in the top of your tooth. Through this hole he'll remove the infected tissue and then seal your tooth with a temporary filling. Your tooth will have time to heal and will eventually need either a permanent filling or crown to build back its strength. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how quick and smooth root canal therapy can be.

Does Root Canal Therapy Hurt?

Dental anesthetics will ensure that you don't feel anything during your procedure and will also help to immediately eliminate the pain from your infection. Dr. Clarke is highly skilled and very gentle, so you can rest assured you're in good hands for your root canal treatment. We understand that suffering from a dental infection can be very painful, and even frightening, so we also do everything we can to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your visit.

If you or a loved one is experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, we encourage you to call our office right away. The quicker we can diagnose your dental issues, the faster we can get you feeling comfortable again.