Relax. Root Canals Can Be a Gentle, Pain Free Experience
Root canals aren’t what they used to be — and that’s a good thing. When our patients find out they need a root canal, we always tell them to relax. The only pain you’ll feel will be in your wallet — they tend to be expensive, even with insurance. But the good news is that innovations in dental care and pain science have pretty much removed pain from the experience. Aside from a minimal pinch when we apply the numbing agent, you shouldn’t feel a thing. Believe it or not but a root canal can actually be a very relaxing experience.
Our friendly staff is trained to put your comfort first. We deliver personalized care in a comfortable, relaxing setting.
When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected or inflamed, it must be removed or you risk serious infection. Severe pain and perhaps even abscess may result.
The procedure involves cleaning the pulp from the tooth with very small instruments. The chamber is then shaped to hold a biocompatible material to fill the space. The rubber-like material is called gutta-percha and is used to effectively seal off the root canal from bacteria and potential infection. The opening is closed with a temporary filling so the tooth can later be restored. In some cases, a crown may be necessary.
If you are feeling severe dental pain that is not responding to over the counter medication, contact us for an emergency dental appointment. We’ll take a look to see if a root canal is necessary. If needed, we can do one quickly to relieve your pain and protect your tooth.
Beckham Square Family Dental: Gentle Dentistry for the Entire Family
We understand dental anxiety — especially when it comes to root canals! We’re here for you. Anything we can do to make your experience feel more relaxed and comfortable, just ask!
Here are a few things we’d suggest. Bring in some soothing relaxing music that puts you at ease. You can load it on your phone and listen with one headphone in so you can still hear directions from your dentist. We are happy to provide nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax. And if you ever need more numbing agent — don’t be afraid to ask!
It might also be a good idea to bring whatever makes you feel comfortable — say a relaxing Afghan or blanket. Comfortable shoes and clothing can also help.
We’re the combined practices of Dr. Schmerler and Dr. Malavich and have been serving the Cincinnati, Sharonville, and Springdale areas for years. Yes, we are currently accepting new patients! Give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form to make an appointment.
How Old Are Your Root Canals?
Unfortunately, root canals don’t always last forever. The good news is the odds are in your favor — 95% of all root canals are successful and will last a lifetime. A lot of it comes down to the precision of the original root canal. A poorly done root canal has a higher chance of failure. Success rates improve if the root canal is fully covered by a crown and you keep up on brushing and flossing.
And keep in mind just because your tooth has a root canal doesn’t mean it’s safe from decay. In fact, you could get a deep cavity in that tooth and not even feel it because the nerve ending is gone. Regular cleanings and checkups are still as important as ever.