Root canals are a time-tested solution that prevent you from getting a tooth extracted. By performing root canal therapy, our Edgewood, KY dentists can save your tooth and protect it by placing a crown on top.
Despite their pain, many people avoid going to the dentist because they are afraid of root canals. They may have heard horror stories from friends or family members about how painful a root canal can be. Here at Edgewood Dental Care, we take your comfort very seriously. This is why we offer pain-free root canal treatments by using the latest dental technology.
What is a Root Canal Treatment?
Root canals are one of the best treatments to save your tooth if the pulp inside becomes infected. The pulp is the innermost layer of your tooth that contains tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. There are a few reasons for infected pulp, including:
- cavities that are too deep for a filling to repair
- trauma to your tooth
- broken teeth that are at risk for further fracturing
- repeated dental procedures on that tooth
Any of the problems listed above can cause dental pain, including toothaches, abscesses, sensitivity, and tenderness, especially when eating or drinking. This is when it is important to come to our Edgewood, KY dentists office to determine the cause of your pain and get a root canal treatment to relieve the pain.
What Is the Procedure?
A lot of times when a patient comes in I say “you need a root canal” and they cringe and they hurt and they don’t want to do it because they heard that their mom had one a while ago and it was the most painful thing in the world. A lot of times I think they actually think we take the roots out and surgically remove the roots and keep the crown in there and that is not the case. The first thing I think is that the anesthetic has gotten so much better now days. We have a few different types of ways to get you numb, the traditional injection in the back but also the soft tissue injection that we use right by the tooth anesthetizes the actual periodontal ligament around the tooth so that gets the whole root and the nerve but the biggest thing is the tools that we use to get the nerves out. Now we use these titanium grade materials that actually get down to the bottom of the root and they have a less chance of breaking or fracturing because that is what that would happen in the olden days when they would have a root canal that needed to be cleaned out. You would stick a file down there and it would break off. A lot of times that would cause post-operative sensitivity. Now we have better files that don’t break as much and won’t cause post-operative sensitivity. The biggest thing about a root canal is cleaning the infection out. We have a technique that we use called the EndoVac. It actually produces a tornado whirlwind at the bottom of the root that cleans out and disinfects that root and ever since, we have not had any patients with post-operative sensitivity. In the future, to decrease all that sensitivity and pain that they may have, we use a very good sealer that actually seals any bacteria from getting back into the root canal and causing any future infections. All of that leads to a happier patient and a much better prognosis post-operatively after the root canal.
Root canals are fairly quick procedures that usually take 2 visits to our office. At your first visit, our Edgewood, KY dentists will do an exam of your mouth. Using our state-of-the-art equipment, Dr. McMahon can detect tooth decay with our DIAGNOdent pen. This handheld device uses a laser that displays fluorescence on decayed teeth. He will also take digital X-rays and 3D images with our cone beam CT scanner. These instant images will show us the precise damage to your pulp so that we can plan your root canal with the greatest accuracy possible.
At your root canal appointment, we will provide you with anesthesia using our WAND system. This superior method delivers painless, comfortable, and immediate anesthesia, which is very helpful for patients afraid of painful injections. Then, we will carefully remove the decay from the pulp, clean it out, and seal it up to prevent further decay from getting inside. For the greatest protection, we can place a CEREC crown on top, which is created right here in our Edgewood, KY dentists office in under an hour.
How to Care for Your Tooth after a Root Canal
After your root canal procedure, you may experience some tenderness or slight swelling that will quickly subside. We may recommend that you eat liquid or soft foods initially. After your tooth has healed, you will be able to comfortably eat and chew again, without any pain.
Don’t let your dental fears stop you from coming to get your root canal treatment. Our WAND system of painless anesthesia and sedation dentistry options allow us to perform pain-free root canals. You can keep your tooth and restore your oral health in exchange!
If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, contact us immediately to find out if you need a painless root canal from our Edgewood, KY dentists. You can reach us during our convenient hours at 859-474-7830 or simply fill our short online form at any time.