Root Canals and Extractions in Eagle River AK
Whether you woke up this morning with an excruciating toothache, or are in pain after an accident left your teeth damaged, it’s important to take control of the situation now. Pain means that something is wrong, and putting off dental treatment will only make the situation worse.
While nobody looks forward to a root canal or an extraction, the truth is that these procedures relieve pain and solve the problems that can be created by a damaged or infected tooth. Our team is gentle and genuinely cares about the comfort and safety of our patients, and we’ll do what it takes to make sure that you feel confident about getting the care you need.
Root Canals Eagle River AK
If you asked people what their most-feared dental procedure is, chances are pretty good that they are going to answer with a root canal. The root canal has a bad reputation, but it may help to know that this reputation is not fair and is actually untrue.
Root canals are not as bad as you’ve heard! We suspect that because most people who need a root canal are in pain, they associate the pain of the problem with the procedure itself. The truth is that a root canal relieves pain by removing the source of the pain and allows us to save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed. When possible, we would always prefer to treat the tooth and keep it in place. This prevents the problems associated with missing teeth and the additional cost of replacing them.
We’ll make sure that you are numb and comfortable before we begin your procedure. We’ll also provide you with the information you need to care for your tooth while it heals. Once it’s done and you’ve healed, you will feel much better.
Unfortunately, we can’t save every tooth. If decay has weakened the tooth past a certain point or trauma has damaged the tooth in such a way that it can’t be repaired, we may have to extract the tooth.
Just like with a root canal, your comfort and safety will be our top priority, and we will take the steps needed to make sure that you don’t feel a thing throughout the process.
Extractions come in two types – simple and surgical. A simple extraction is used to remove a tooth that is intact above the gumline. A surgical extraction is done to remove a tooth that has broken beneath the gumline or is impacted (partly or completely covered by gum tissue). Often, wisdom teeth extractions are surgical. Dr. Woodring can perform most extractions here in our Eagle River dental office.
What Are My Options?
If you are in pain, don’t hesitate. Call us today and request an emergency appointment. We’ll assess your pain and determine the cause as well as an appropriate treatment plan, which could include root canal therapy or extraction. We will always discuss all your options with you and the projected outcome so that you can make an informed decision about your dental health.