A root canal can help save the life of your tooth, and at McDonald DDS, we are the experts in administering this restorative dentistry procedure with ease. We know how nerve-wracking it can be to hear that you need a root canal, but we want to reassure you that it is a routine procedure that can be painless and helpful all at the same time.
Reasons for a Root Canal
Sometimes decay or infection gets beyond the tooth and into its roots. If you leave it untreated, it could affect the integrity of the tooth and your overall oral health. Our dentists offer root canals to patients that have severe decay, experienced trauma, or have an infection.
While it sounds scary to think that we will get to the roots of your tooth, clean them out, and fill it up with material to take up the space left, it is a natural procedure that helps you keep your natural tooth. We try to help our patients keep their natural teeth as long as possible. Even though we have viable options for tooth replacement, nothing replaces the strength of a natural tooth.
What We Do During a Root Canal
Before we start the root canal procedure, we make sure you are comfortable. If you have questions, need to see the tools, or need us to walk you through each step, we can accommodate your needs. Once you are comfortable, we administer anesthetic to numb the affected areas. You may receive anesthetic in the gums, cheeks, or roof of the mouth. We numb the area first with a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort.
Once your mouth is numb, we gain access to the tooth’s roots by drilling a small hole in the tooth. Using special tools, we remove the decay and debris, causing issues with the tooth’s roots. We also smooth the roots out, reducing any inflammation they may have. Once the area is clean, we fill it up and seal it so that no more debris or bacteria can enter the area.
If you had a serious infection affecting the roots, we might also administer antibiotics directly to the area to clear up the infection and help you feel better. If we do administer medication, we provide a temporary filling until we can remove the medicine patch and replace the temporary filling with a permanent one.
Do You Need a Root Canal?
You may know before you even come into the office that you need a root canal. If you have pain, swelling, or extreme sensitivity, you may want to come in for a checkup. Sometimes patients do not realize they need a root canal until they come in for a routine exam and our dentists see that the tooth is infected, severely decayed, or the roots are inflamed.
If you have questions about root canals or need to make an appointment with a reputable dentist, call McDonald DDS at today. Our staff will help you get the answers you need and get you set up for an appointment.