Root Canal Treatment
Hearing the news that you need a root canal doesn’t have to be scary. Even though you might’ve heard some unpleasant stories about root canals in the past, you should know that modern dentistry has made them more comfortable than ever.
Additionally, it is important to note that the reason root canals have such a bad reputation is that most people associate them with pain. However, it is not the procedure that is causing your discomfort, but rather a painful tooth infection, which root canal treatment alleviates.
Here’s what you should know if you’re getting a root canal in Melbourne, FL.
When Do I Need a Root Canal?
If your tooth is cracked or decayed to the point that it reaches your nerve, a dental infection will develop. Tooth infections are painful at a level where they may keep you up at night or prevent you from performing your everyday tasks.
When you are experiencing this type of pain, you need relief as soon as possible. Furthermore, if you don’t treat a tooth infection, it will get worse and could result in tooth loss.
It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing dental pain. At 321 Family Dental, we leave time available in our schedule to accommodate patients who are in pain or have a dental emergency.
How We Make Root Canals More Comfortable for You
Dr. Joel and Dr. Mark are committed to your comfort. We use reliable dental anesthetics to ensure that you are numb throughout your procedure, which also relieves your immediate discomfort from your tooth infection.
We also use updated rotary hand tools made from flexible nickel-titanium, instead of stainless steel manual instruments that dentists used in the past. Flexible hand tools reach the inner canals of your tooth more smoothly and remove diseased tissue. Rotary tools are also electric, which allows our dentists to complete root canal therapy more efficiently.
At 321 Family Dental, we offer nitrous oxide, or laughing gas to help our patients relax during complicated procedures like root canal treatment. Nitrous can help you feel at ease during your treatment without any lingering side effects afterward.
You Can Prevent Root Canals
There are measures you can take on your own to protect your dental health and avoid treatment like root canal therapy.
A consistent home care routine focused on using the proper techniques when you’re brushing, and flossing will protect your teeth from the bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to tooth decay.
Routine preventive teeth cleanings and checkups every six months will also protect your dental health. Your Melbourne dentist will make you aware of any tooth decay, early signs of gum disease, or broken down restorations during your examination. Early detection gives you options to protect yourself from more significant problems in the future.
Contact 321 Family Dental today if it’s time for your next cleaning or checkup, or if you are experiencing any dental pain or sensitivity.