Although it’s one of the most feared and misunderstood dental treatments, a root canal procedure will actually help you feel better – especially from Dr. Richard and the team at Perfect-A-Smile Dental Group.
With decades of experience performing root canals in Chagrin Falls, we can:
Your tooth’s root canals are located in the soft interior of the tooth. They can become infected when tooth decay or tooth damage goes untreated, resulting in pain. In most cases, a root canal will be required to save the tooth at this point. You have no reason to worry about your procedure here, though. We’ll make sure you remain comfortable throughout the entire process with skillfully administered anesthesia and dental sedation, if needed.
After X-rays and an exam, your dentist will perform the root canal procedure by carefully cleaning inside the tooth to prevent reinfection. Your tooth will be sealed with composite resin, the same material we use to make natural-looking, metal-free tooth fillings.
We recommend capping your repaired tooth with a new CEREC crown made right in our office. Our team will make your crown while you wait, so you won’t have to return to have it put on. The crown will strengthen your tooth, prevent further damage, and restore your chewing power. It will also provide you with a more attractive smile.
A root canal will allow you to keep your tooth. Generally, saving a tooth is better for your overall oral health because it preserves your jawbone, which begins deteriorating when you lose a tooth. It also saves you money on an extraction and tooth replacement. However, if your tooth cannot be saved through root canal therapy, we can gently remove it and replace it with a long-lasting dental implant.
If you have any questions about Chagrin Falls root canals, or to schedule your appointment, call us today at 440-708-0900. We’ll help you feel better soon!
"I tend to do more of the root canals in the office, especially the molars. I think part of it is because women have smaller hands, especially if you go that far back in the mouth. But I also know that people come to me, a lot of people come to me because they've been told by somebody else that I'd done a root canal on, that they were totally comfortable.
If I think a tooth is too infected, I won't start it right then. I make sure that I put the patient on an antibiotic so that it suppresses the bacteria, so I can get them numb. Because when you have a root canal, you've got infection in your bone of the tooth, actually, at the tip of the root. It's very acidic in pH. The anesthetic is basic in pH. Well, if you have too much acid up there, they neutralize each other out, and you can't get them numb.
So I absolutely won't. I say, You have to live with it for about 24 hours, but the antibiotic will kick in. But otherwise I won't be able to get you numb, and I will not do a root canal on somebody if they're not totally numb.
I think that's a big thing that they've gone through. The patients have shared with me, they said, I went to a dentist, had a root canal, and it was horrible. It's for those reasons, because it shouldn't be any different than any other dental treatment that you have done. If the dentist is cognizant of the fact of what you're doing, even if you're just doing a filling, they fill it, and you need to numb it more, not just keep going on.
I've found that people not only have gone to the point where they said, Well, I don’t – if I have to have another root canal, I'm not worried about it at all anymore. It's a good thing for me to hear and feel because I don't like hurting people."