When a tooth develops a cavity that reaches all the way down to the nerve within the enamel (called the dental pulp), it can cause quite a bit of pain. A simple filling can’t address this problem; instead, Dr. Rattan will recommend that a patient undergo root canal therapy. Despite what you may have seen on TV or in the movies, this procedure is actually NOT painful, and in fact, it’s one of the best tools in dentistry for stopping severe pain and saving a tooth from being removed.
If you come to see us with a painful tooth and Dr. Rattan recommends a root canal, the procedure will involve the following basic steps:
Most patients experience little to no discomfort during this treatment, and many say it feels the same as getting a small filling.