If the thought of having root canal treatment makes you stressed and anxious, you are not alone. Many people have a similar reaction, either because of a negative experience in the past or because they’ve heard other people talking about their own root canals.
Fortunately, you no longer have to fear root canal treatment because advances in dental technology combined with our expertise make the procedure as comfortable as having a conventional filling.
Our endodontist, Dr. Chen, has years of experience with root canals so you know you are in excellent hands. His expertise is matched by his commitment to provide the highest level of compassionate care for every one of his patients.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
The root canal, which is located inside the root of your tooth, is filled with nerves, blood vessels, and tissue. When the nerve and pulp become infected or damaged because of severe decay or trauma, root canal therapy is necessary to clear away the infected tissue and prevent further damage to the tooth. If a root canal is not performed, the infection will eventually spread, weakening the tooth and resulting in pain and possible tooth loss.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
Some common signs that root canal treatment is needed include:
- Moderate to severe tooth pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods
- Pain or extreme sensitivity when pressure is put on the tooth
- A raised bump on your gum near the sensitive tooth
- Toothache pain that is so severe it disrupts your everyday activity
What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
Before treatment begins, we will talk to you about the procedure and make sure that you are completely comfortable. Dr. Chen starts by creating a very small access hole in the tooth, and the infected pulp is carefully removed. If necessary, an antibiotic will be placed in the canal to speed healing and remove any infected material that may remain. Finally, the tooth is sealed and filled. In most cases, your root canal can be finished in one visit.
There is usually very little discomfort associated with a root canal, but your complete comfort is Dr. Chen’s highest priority. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we can provide nitrous oxide sedation to help you get through your appointment while feeling calm and relaxed.
What to Expect After Root Canal Treatment
After treatment, you may experience some sensitivity for a day or two as the antibiotic does its job and the inflammation subsides. This discomfort is part of the healing process and completely normal. We’ll send you home with guidelines for post-treatment care, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have after you leave our office.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, please contact our Maitland family dental office at 407-677-6453 as soon as possible. Your comfort and well being are of the utmost importance to us. If necessary, we are available to treat you on an emergency basis even if you are not already one of our patients.