Comfortable & Safe Procedure
When a tooth becomes infected, many patients fear that they will lose the tooth and the pain associated with that infection can be unbearable at times. However, in many cases, the infection can be treated and the tooth saved with a root canal. A root canal is a procedure that repairs and saves a severely damaged tooth.
The treatment involves removing the infected tissue of the tooth, cleaning and shaping the canals of the pulp (nerve), thoroughly disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and placing a sealing material in order to prevent re-infection. At Ferdos Family Dental, we are trained in root canal procedures and are able to treat most cases right here in our office with a dentist that you are comfortable with, instead of having to be referred to a specialist!
WHEN IS A ROOT CANAL NEEDED?
Root canal treatment is required when trauma or a large cavity damages the nerve of a tooth, which results in infection. Sometimes this infection causes an abscess and swelling if it has been present for a long time. In most cases, an abscess will cause the patient to have pain and sensitivity, but sometimes an infected tooth will have no symptoms at all. In this scenario, an x-ray of the root of the tooth is required to determine whether a tooth needs root canal treatment. If the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment, sometimes we are able to start the procedure that day, but often the patient will need to take an antibiotic prior to the procedure. If the tooth requiring a root canal is a back tooth, it will also require a crown in order to protect the tooth.
Common causes of nerve damage or infection include:
- Deep cavity
- Cracked tooth
- Repeated dental treatment
Signs and symptoms that your tooth is infected include:
- Pulsating/throbbing pain in the tooth, jawbone or neck
- Swelling in the face, cheek or gums
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Pressure or bite-related sensitivity
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Foul taste in your mouth or bad breath
The Mayo Clinic warns that if you have swelling in your face or neck, a fever, trouble breathing and/or swallowing to contact your dentist immediately. If you cannot reach your dentist, go to an emergency room as soon as possible as these symptoms are signs that the infection has spread deeper into the jaw bone and surrounding tissue and could even reach other areas of your body.
Ferdos Family Dental
ROOT CANALS WITH FERDOS FAMILY DENTAL
The doctors and staff at Ferdos Family Dental are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care for our patients in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We treat each patient as if they are a family member and give you the special attention that you deserve. While there are many horror stories about root canals, many of our patients cannot tell the difference between this procedure and a regular filling. We take great pride in the comfort of our patients and we will do everything possible to ensure your safety and well-being. We use the latest technology and best proven procedures to provide you with the best possible outcome at an affordable price.
Our team works extremely hard to ensure that you can receive the dental care that you need. We will work with your dental insurance company to ensure you receive your maximum benefit to help with the financial burden of root canals or any other dental treatment. We accept all major credit cards and offer six months interest free financing through Care Credit! Whether you are here for a routine dental cleaning or a root canal, we will put our best foot forward to provide you with the best possible care at every appointment.
If you have a toothache or believe you might need a root canal, give us a call and schedule an appointment.