If you’ve been told you need a root canal, you can forget all the jokes and stories because they’re yesterday’s news. Modern root canals are straightforward, comfortable procedures that help us save teeth from extraction.
When a tooth becomes infected, we need to treat it promptly. There’s no need to suffer in pain, and the sooner we eliminate the infection, the better chance we have of saving the tooth.
Why Your Dentist Recommends a Root Canal
The pulp is the inner part of your tooth where the blood and nerves that supply the tooth are located. If a tooth has a crack, break, a deep cavity, or has suffered trauma, the pulp can become infected. When it does, the only procedure to treat it is a root canal.
Some symptoms that you need a root canal are:
- Tooth pain that keeps worsening
- Swollen, inflamed, or bleeding gums
- Extreme tooth sensitivity to touch or temperature
- Bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
- A white bump on your gums
If you notice any of these, call our Franklin dental office as soon as possible. We can perform a comfortable root canal and spare you needless pain and suffering.
What to Expect during Root Canal Therapy
Your comfort is our priority, so rest assured we will do everything we can to ensure you have a smooth, stress-free procedure. The first step is to numb the tooth we’re treating with powerful anesthetics to ensure that you don’t feel any pain.
Stress-Free Care with Sedation Dentistry
We also cater to anxious patients by offering three levels of dental sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. Dr. Avrit and his dental team will be happy to explain to you the pros and cons of each and help you determine which will provide the most comfort for you.
Efficient Treatment with Modern Technology
Removal of the infected dental pulp is done through a tiny access hole in your tooth. Using leading-edge rotary endodontics, Dr. Avrit efficiently clears out every trace of the infection. He then
disinfects the area, fills the tooth, seals it, and places a temporary filling to protect it as it heals.
After Your Root Canal
It’s common to experience some soreness in the area for a day or two following your root canal. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers is typically enough to resolve any discomfort, but please call us if you are experiencing any pain.
We’ll give the tooth about two weeks to heal, then have you return to our Franklin dental office so Dr. Avrit can take an x-ray to confirm the infection is gone. At that time, we’ll place either a final filling on the tooth or protect it with a dental crown.
Do You Think You Need a Root Canal?
If you have any symptoms above and think you need an emergency root canal, please call our Franklin dental office so we can help you.