Root Canal Therapy Overview
When detected soon enough, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay has moved past the enamel and affected the inner pulp of the tooth, you might need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Advanced Dental Care removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the space, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Dieter Burr, D.M.D. recommends a root canal procedure to his Cocoa, FL patients because it not only treats the infected tooth, it prevents the decay from extending to other teeth which creates additional issues.
If you think you need to have a root canal, we understand that you may have reservations about undergoing the procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people shy away from going to see a dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Dr. Burr and his team try very hard to keep you at ease and relaxed naturally, but perform sedation dentistry for dental fears and anxieties. Contact Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL to arrange a consultation with Dr. Burr to learn more about root canal therapy.
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Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
An infection in the pulp of a tooth might be caused by a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth, as well as a physical trauma. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection is jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Schedule an appointment at Advanced Dental Care at your earliest opportunity if you notice changes in your mouth. If you have anxieties and fears about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental treatments.
What To Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Before beginning the treatment, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with Dr. Burr. We don't want you to feel anxious, nervous, or fearful while you are at our office. Several patients opt for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. Dr. Burr understands and empathizes with those who have dental phobias and will help you make the recommended decision for your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Burr will observe the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. Next, the inside of the empty chamber will be meticulously sterilized to evacuate leftover decay. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
Depending on what type of sedation was chosen, you may need to have a reliable adult escort you home after your appointment. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be tolerated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you arrange for a routine checkup six months after your root canal. Dr. Burr will check to determine if the infection has been controlled and that your mouth has healed. Henceforth, you should continue to schedule standard dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
Root Canal Therapy Insurance Coverage
During your consult, Dr. Burr will discuss cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we can speak with your carrier to obtain your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, Advanced Dental Care takes a number of payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
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Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to evolution in the medical industry, root canal therapy can be a fast, easy way to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Advanced Dental Care can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our team in Cocoa, FL to arrange a consultation with Dr. Burr for more information on root canal therapy and improving your dental health.
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