When there is significant decay to a tooth such that the decayed area has damaged the tooth pulp, a root canal procedure may be required. There are two types of root canal procedures; direct and indirect. Dental Health Care Center dentists perform both direct and indirect root canal procedures.
Many people fear root canal procedures. This is because the procedures were once quite painful due to the need to penetrate deep into the tooth. However, like virtually all procedures, the methods, tools and anesthesia used for root canal procedures have advanced to the point that fear of these procedures is unwarranted. Local anesthesia, or sedation (“sleep dentistry,”) treatments can be performed to make the procedures painless.