No one wants a root canal, but most everyone wants to keep their teeth and to be able to eat and chew comfortably. When a dental problem such as a:
gets in the way, many times a root canal is exactly the solution to get you back to comfort and health.
We first do a careful examination to make sure we know which tooth is causing your problem. We also make sure that it can be saved so that you don’t spend unnecessary time or money. When we save your tooth with this treatment we leave plenty of time for your appointment so we can do everything that’s needed to get you very numb and comfortable. After that, you can expect air, water, and vibration that is noisy at times, but painless. Most of our patients watch TV or listen to music using our noise cancelling headphones while we carefully clean and fill your tooth.
While you’ll never regret having the rest of the day off, most of our patients go right back to their regular activities after their visit. In most cases, the area will feel a little sore to bite on for a day or so. Many times though (especially if we were treating a toothache) it will feel like immediate relief.
Depending on what kind of filling we place at the end of your visit, you’ll be chewing normally within a short time. We’ll place a temporary filling if the tooth will later need a crown to make it strong again. In this case, you’ll come back in a few weeks when everything is comfortable to complete the final steps.
Fortunately, as materials and numbing techniques have advanced this treatment has become one of the most predictable and successful things that dentists do. We can usually do everything that’s needed with just numbing but if you’re feeling anxious we often use laughing gas. If you can arrange for someone to come with you to your appointment we can prescribe a pill to relax you. In some cases, we can even offer to give you stronger sedation medication so that you have little or no memory of the visit.
If you would like to find out your options for saving a tooth please don’t wait to call our office – we’ll get you in quickly and answer any questions you have about getting you back to comfort and health as soon as possible.