“Root canal” — these two words are synonymous with pain, thanks to a bygone era when dentists didn’t have access to local anesthesia. Fortunately, this association is merely a myth today. Modern root canal procedures are largely painless, with minimal discomfort for the patient.
At Omni Dental, Dr. Hanlon goes to great lengths to make certain his patients are comfortable and relaxed at all times. We maintain a welcoming, stress-free environment in our office. We provide magazines and complimentary beverages in our reception area, where calming essential oils are diffused into the air. We also provide sunglasses, headphones, blankets and other amenities in our treatment rooms, so that our patients may be relaxed, even during a root canal. Finally (and most importantly), we use buffered anesthesia, which drastically reduces any pain upon injection. Find out more about buffered anesthesia here.
What is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
You may need a root canal if you have a tooth afflicted with severe decay, especially if the decay has infiltrated the pulp inside the tooth. A root canal removes this infected pulp, halting the spread of infection. Without a root canal, the infection can migrate throughout your body, and the tooth may need to be completely removed.
Dr. Hanlon also offers post-root canal treatment, typically in the form of an all-porcelain crown.