What You Need To Know About Root Canals

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We know that root canals have a bad reputation.

But when you have a tooth that is badly decayed or has sustained serious nerve damage, the procedure can be key to saving your tooth.

At A Perfect Smile in Falmouth, ME, we believe that with the right care and expertise, root canals don’t have to be painful or stressful. Dr. Nelson is committed to no-pain dentistry and a “patient-first” philosophy.

Read on for more information about root canal procedures. Then, if you need a root canal to eliminate infection and save a tooth, give us a call at (207) 536-3508 to schedule an appointment.


Save Your Real Tooth With A Root Canal


A tooth can become infected if:

  • You have a deep cavity.
  • You’ve undergone several dental procedures to the same tooth.
  • You have cracked or fractured a tooth.
  • The tooth has suffered some sort of injury.

If infection is allowed to spread, it can reach the nerve tissue inside the tooth.

Left untreated, the infection can spread beyond the nerves and can cause some really unpleasant things, like swelling in parts of the face, neck, or head, and bone loss in the jaw around the roots of teeth. At a certain point, it may be necessary to remove the tooth.

That’s why if an infection has hit the nerves, it’s important to clean it out as soon as possible with a root canal.


What Happens During A Root Canal?


The goal of a root canal procedure is to clean out any infected tissue that exists in the tooth.

When you come to A Perfect Smile for your root canal, we’ll first numb the entire area before we begin treatment. We’ll then create an opening in the top of your tooth and clean out any infected tissue using special tools.

Finally, we’ll fill the root canal with a rubber-like material to prevent future infection, and we’ll place a crown on the tooth so it’s good as new.

At many practices, a root canal procedure requires two visits. But Dr. Nelson has extensive experience with this treatment. In most cases, you can get everything done in a single visit!


Do Root Canals Hurt?


When most people think of a root canal procedure, they think of pain. But the pain is generally caused by the infection — not the dentist or the procedure!

In fact, most of our patients say that getting a root canal sort of feels just like getting a filling.

Still, we are dedicated to “no-pain” dentistry using a holistic approach to our care. In addition to numbing the area for a root canal procedure, Dr. Nelson has been trained extensively in the latest dental techniques and technology to ensure patient comfort.

Plus, our caring staff goes the extra mile to relieve stress during your procedure. We offer a number of patient comfort options, including paraffin hand dips, refreshments, and warm neck towels.

We understand that it can be difficult to walk into a dentist’s office for a root canal procedure, so we’re happy to relieve any tension you may experience.

It’s possible you will experience some sensitivity after your root canal procedure, but it’s only temporary. Some patients find over-the-counter painkillers helpful for relieving these symptoms. You can also rest easy knowing that we see dental emergencies and accommodate you quickly if there is a problem.

Experience our gentle approach to root canal procedures, and treat infection fast! Give us a call at (207) 536-3508 to schedule an appointment.


Caring For Your Tooth After The Root Canal


After the procedure, upkeep is easy. Just care for it as you would a real tooth!

At A Perfect Smile, we offer more than just root canals. We care about every aspect of your dental health! Our knowledgeable staff can help you improve your brushing and flossing habits. And when it comes time for your six-month checkup and cleaning, you can give us a call.

When you practice good oral hygiene, the results of your root canal procedure can last a lifetime!


Get Your Dental Health Back On Track


If you are suffering from a tooth infection, it’s important to address the problem right away to prevent it from spreading.

At A Percent Smile, we have your comfort in mind. We’ll ensure that your root canal procedure is a pleasant experience.

Call us today at (207) 536-3508 to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient online form.

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