What started as a little sensitivity to your morning coffee has now turned into a full blown toothache that is not responding to ibuprofen! Now you’ve been told that you need a root canal and you’re worried about the pain.
Dr. Chandler and his team have helped hundreds of patients in this situation, and we know just how to make root canal treatment in Edmond comfortable and stress-free. Here’s what you should know.
The Myth about Root Canals
Patients often fear root canals because they are associated with pain. The truth is, infection is causing your pain in your tooth, and a root canal procedure will eliminate both your discomfort and your infection.
A root canal procedure also preserves your natural tooth, saving it from an extraction that would be the alternative.
What Is a Root Canal Procedure Like?
Dr. Chandler begins root canal therapy by numbing your tooth with dental anesthetic, which also immediately relieves your pain. Next, he’ll remove the diseased tissue from inside your tooth. In most cases, a permanent crown can be placed the same day to reinforce and strengthen your tooth.
Why Our Root Canals Are Not Painful
Modern dentistry has provided dentists with many tools that make procedures like root canal therapy more comfortable than ever before. For example, Dr. Chandler uses electric hand tools that make a root canal easier to complete, so treatment is more efficient. These tools are also made of nickel-titanium, which is more flexible and comfortable for patients than the stainless steel hand tools used in the past.
Dr. Chandler also provides his patients nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, that helps you feel calm and at ease throughout your treatment, without interfering with your return to your normal activities afterward.
You Can Prevent Root Canals
Did you know that you can prevent many root canals?
By visiting your Edmond dentist every six months for examinations, Dr. Chandler can detect issues like tooth decay early on, when it's easier to treat with a simple dental filling. If the decay is left undiagnosed, or allowed to progress further into your tooth, it may reach your nerve where it can cause an infection. Now it requires root canal therapy to eliminate the infection.
Are You Experiencing Dental Sensitivity or Discomfort?
If you’re experiencing a toothache, don’t wait for it to get better on its own because a dental infection left untreated could result in tooth loss.
Contact Edmond Dental Center to schedule an exam with Dr. Chandler as soon as possible.