Patient Centered Care in a Relaxed Atmosphere
Horror stories about root canals are so common that most people have a fear of this treatment, even if they have never had root canal therapy. At Flint River Dental, in Huntsville, AL our patients tell a different story. The latest advances in the techniques, instruments, and materials that are used for root canals in Huntsville make the process no more difficult than a filling or tooth extraction.
If you suspect that you may need a root canal, call 256.269.2954 to set up an appointment.
When Root Canal is Needed
Root canals are needed when infection or injury penetrates the tooth to the inner part where the pulp and nerves are located. Cavities, periodontal infection, or injuries that reach this inner chamber of the tooth result in pain, which is one of the first symptoms that indicate that a root canal may be needed. Only a dentist can diagnose the problem and determine the best treatment, but there are some signs that a root canal may be necessary.
You may need a root canal, if you experience symptoms such as:
- Persistent pain
- Tooth discoloration
- A tooth that is chipped or cracked
- Swollen gums near the tooth that hurts
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- Pain when eating
If you have any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to schedule an exam. Dr. Darby can examine your mouth to assess the source of your discomfort and determine if root canal is the best way to treat the problem and stop the pain.
The Root Canal Therapy Process
Prior to starting the procedure, we will numb the treatment area to relieve your pain and ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure. Often, the pain that patients experience prior to having root canals in Huntsville makes them associate the procedure with the discomfort that brings them to our office in the first place.
The procedure doesn’t cause pain, it stops your pain and preserves the tooth.
After the treatment area has been numbed, special instruments are used to access the infected area and remove all the infected tissue. When all the infection has been removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Often, a dental crown is needed after the procedure to strengthen the tooth and prevent further damage.
Don’t Let Anxiety Get in Your Way
It is common for patients to avoid root canals in Huntsville because they are afraid or experience dental anxiety. At Flint River Dental, in Huntsville, AL we specialize in dental anxiety. We are sensitive to your concerns and do everything we can to alleviate the anxiety and help you feel at ease with the treatment.