Need a Root Canal? Here’s why you shouldn’t be Worried

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The term “root canal” often is surrounded by dread and fear. However, it doesn’t necessarily deserve the negative reputation it has. Most people are afraid of getting a root canal because of the possibility of pain. However, if you need a root canal, you’ve probably been in a considerable amount of pain from infection and damage to your tooth. This will heavily outweigh the relatively painless modernized procedure we can perform to save your tooth. Don’t fret over your root canal any longer. Terry Soule, DDS, a general dentist in Orange City, is here to talk you through this procedure to show it’s not as scary as you might think.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a simple procedure in which your Orange City emergency dentist will remove the interior tissue of your tooth that is infected. This tissue is otherwise known as the pulp. The tooth will then be cleaned and disinfected, and then filled and sealed to strengthen the root of the tooth, and to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth’s pulp chamber again. A temporary filling will be placed in your tooth to seal it up until your permanent dental crown is made.

Why do I also need a dental crown?

A tooth that has undergone a root canal is weak and brittle. It no longer is “alive” since the blood supply and nerves have been removed. Therefore, to ensure the tooth remains strong and healthy, a dental crown is needed to protect it.

What’s it like to get a root canal?

Getting a root canal is essentially like getting a deep filling that typically can be completed in one office visit. We offer sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide or conscious sedation where you take a pill about 30 minutes before your procedure. The purpose of sedation dentistry in Orange City is to make sure you have minimal discomfort during your procedure, and that you remain calm and free of any dental-related anxiety.

What if I don’t think I need a root canal?

If you’re not experiencing pain and another practitioner has recommended a root canal, then it’s possible the procedure was suggested because the tooth in question is extremely unhealthy or even infected. An infected tooth may not actually cause you pain unless it becomes abscessed. Theoretically, you could have an infected tooth and be completely unaware of it, although it is noticeable on a dental X-ray. Left untreated, the tooth in question may need to be removed via extraction. However, Dr. Soule recommends saving your natural tooth if possible, and in some cases, a root canal may be the recommended treatment.

Root Canal Dentist in Orange City

Call Terry Soule, DDS, today to make an appointment and save your damaged tooth before it’s too late. If you live in DeBary, Deltona, or Orange City, Florida, we want to provide you with the most painless and convenient root canal experience possible. Let us dispel the myths of how painful and scary root canals are. Don’t live in fear of a chance of pain, tooth loss, or other serious health issues that can come from a damaged or infected tooth. Call Terry Soule, DDS, today at (386) 775-1552 to schedule your consultation.

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