Have you ever heard the phrase ‘I’d rather have a root canal’ to describe something painful or unpleasant? At Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS in San Luis Obisbo CA, we perform root canal therapy routinely.
A Straightforward Procedure
Root canals are not all that complicated. The most important thing to remember is that the procedure is done to save an infected or damaged tooth. We do that by cleaning out the infection inside, filling the space that leaves, and sealing it.
Teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime. Most patients say their root canals were virtually painless, and not much different than having a cavity filled.
One reason for that is modern anesthesia, which is better than ever. We begin with a local anesthetic, and that’s enough for a lot of patients. We also have stronger sedation dentistry options, like oral conscious sedation and laughing gas.
Root canals are usually completed in just one appointment. It takes about two hours to complete the procedure. You may need to schedule a follow-up for a crown or filling, but, in simple cases, everything can be done in just one session.
At Deborah McNeil-Amorteguy DDS in San Luis Obisbo CA, root canals do not live up to their bad reputation. Patients from Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande come to us for general and restorative dentistry. Request an appointment today!
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