- Will root canal therapy hurt?
- Does The Endodontic Group treat children?
- Are there any alternatives to root canal therapy?
- Dentistry makes me nervous. What can you do to help me relax?
- Why do I need root canal retreatment?
Endodontic procedures are performed to treat dental infections and/or relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. Modern advances in endodontic techniques and anesthetics allow for a relaxed and comfortable experience. The Endodontic Group employs the latest technology, including state-of-the-art instrumentation and provide several options for sedation.
The treated tooth may feel sensitive for the first few days after treatment, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow you endodontist’s instruction carefully.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure lasting more than a few days, please call our office.
We often see children needing advanced endodontic care. Conservative procedures, such as regenerative endodontics, apexification, and apexogenesis can restore your child’s tooth to a natural, healthy state. We have many years of experience with young patients and your child’s comfort will be a top priority. If you have questions about what your child can expect, don’t hesitate to call the office.
If your general dentist recommends root canal therapy, it’s because he or she thinks your natural tooth can be saved. Root canal therapy is actually a very conservative procedure compared to the alternatives, which include extraction and replacement with a prosthetic or extraction and re-implantation. Studies show that 70% of people would rather have a root canal than an extraction. If other alternatives are available, your endodontist or general dentist will discuss them with you prior to treatment.
We understand and sympathize with your concerns. The reality is that despite advances in dentistry, the prospect of root canal therapy still makes most people nervous. To help you relax, we have comfort amenities, such as blankets and iPods. Several kinds of sedation are also available, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation performed by a certified anesthesiologist.
Retreatment might be necessary if bacteria re-enters the tooth or if hidden canals weren’t treated initially. Your dentist can usually see if there’s a problem on your X-ray, though you may not have any noticeable symptoms. During root canal retreatment, we clean and shape the canals and fill them with a man-made substance and a temporary filling. While we do everything possible to prevent the need for retreatment, including the use of CBCT technology and digital X-rays, sometimes retreatment is still necessary.