We’ve all heard the stories about root canals. For the vast majority of people, the thought of having a root canal creates stress and anxiety. They may have never had a root canal, but they still react to all the negative press.
However, patients at Flint River Dental tell us a different story. Advances in techniques, instruments, and materials have made modern root canals as easy as an extraction or filling. And, in the hands of a highly experienced doctor like Dr. Darby, you can be assured of a procedure that exceeds your expectations for ease and comfort.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is needed when decay or trauma has penetrated the innermost portion of your tooth. This part of your tooth holds the pulp, tissue, and nerves that keep your tooth healthy and alive. When cavities or periodontal infection break through to this chamber, the first thing you’ll likely notice is persistent pain.
At this point, a root canal is the only treatment option we have left to provide you with relief. Without a root canal, the tooth will need to be extracted or the pain will just continue and worsen.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
There really isn’t much to worry about with a root canal. Lots of people make the mistake of confusing the pain (a symptom of the problem) with the actual procedure itself. The truth is that as soon as we numb the area, you will experience immediate relief. Root canal procedures don’t cause pain – they relieve it!
During the procedure, the doctor will use specially designed instruments to carefully remove all signs of infection, then cleanse and seal the tooth. In most cases, we recommend a dental crown following root canal treatment to strengthen the tooth and protect it from further damage.
How Can You Help with My Anxiety?
Even though we understand that root canals aren’t something to be feared, we realize you may still be dealing with anxiety for any number of reasons. Our team is completely sensitive to your concerns and will do everything possible to put you at ease.
If you feel like you need some help relaxing, just let us know. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a mild form of sedation that will help you feel calm, drowsy, and detached from what’s happening around you. One of our doctors can also prescribe a calming medication that will help you relax before you arrive. Often, oral sedation combined with nitrous oxide provides our patients with the most relaxing dental experience possible. For your complete comfort and safety, your condition will be monitored continuously throughout your procedure.
Call Today to Get the Relief You Need
If you are in pain or suspect you have a problematic tooth that may need a root canal, please call us as soon as possible. We will get you in for treatment so you can get the relief you need and we can help get your oral health back on track.