Root Canal Treatment in Loxahatchee FL
We know that nobody ever wants to hear the words, “You need a root canal.”
Over the years, root canal therapy has developed a bad reputation. We want to reassure you, however, that a root canal at Groves Dental Care is nothing like you might expect. Your comfort is one of our highest priorities, and we take care to make sure that you don’t feel a thing during your treatment.
One of the biggest problems we see with teeth is that they usually don’t cause much pain until the problem is pretty bad. When people don’t have pain, many will assume that everything is fine and therefore they are not as likely to go to the dentist for regular visits. People are not at fault for thinking this way because with many parts of the body, pain may be the initial symptom that lets us know something is wrong.
The problem is – teeth don’t play by those rules.
To put it simply, teeth can be weird and very complex! Imagine if teeth hurt when cavities were very small. This would actually encourage people to see the dentist quicker and ultimately avoid more root canals.
Dr. Elkhechen always tells his patients that the best way to reduce your chances of needing root canal therapy is to keep up with your regular visits! Call us right away to schedule an appointment.
Going Above and Beyond for Your Comfort
Dr. Elkhechen doesn’t believe in “skimping” when it comes to anesthetic. He’ll provide you with enough medication to thoroughly numb the area before we begin working, and he’ll make sure that you stay numb throughout the procedure. He also combines technology with special techniques so that you don’t even feel the initial numbing shot!
Following your procedure, Dr. Elkhechen will provide you with his personal phone number so that you can reach him easily with any questions and concerns. He’ll review your follow-up care thoroughly and prescribe any medications necessary to eliminate any infection and keep you comfortable while you heal.
We are here for you every single step of the way.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Many people come to our office seeking treatment because they are in pain. This pain might be caused by deep decay or an infection within the tooth. These are two situations when a root canal is most likely the best course of action to save the tooth.
Call us right away for an evaluation if you have pain. If this pain is related to an infection in the tooth, then it will almost always get much worse.
Remember, many times teeth can have a problem without you even knowing it because pain won’t develop right away. In addition, an infected tooth can end up infecting healthy teeth next to it if not treated in a timely manner. Think of it in terms of what happens when you place a bad apple into a bag of good apples. All of the apples in the bag will go bad. Unfortunately, teeth are one of the few parts of the body that cannot heal themselves once there is a problem like a cavity or infection.
What to Expect with Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy removes the damaged interior of the tooth along with the nerve, relieving the pain you are experiencing. The bad reputation of the root canal is likely based on the pain that precedes the treatment rather than the treatment itself.
Remember, the most important part of having a good experience with root canal therapy is being very numb. Dr. Elkhechen will always make sure you are extremely numb before starting the process so you won’t feel anything throughout the procedure.
The inside of the tooth will be disinfected and filled with a material that seals everything to help greatly reduce the chance of any reinfection in the future. In most cases, we also recommend that the tooth be protected with a crown. Removing the nerve of the tooth can cause the tooth to become brittle or fragile. A crown can keep your tooth intact and functioning well for years to come.
Can’t You Just Extract the Tooth?
At Groves Dental Care, we empower you to make informed decisions about your own care. If you decide an extraction is the best course of action for you, then we will respect that. However, because Dr. Elkhechen really cares about providing great service to his patients, he will usually tell you that an extraction should really be used as a last resort if the tooth is salvageable. It’s almost always better to keep your own tooth in place.
In addition to being a simpler, less costly option, root canal therapy helps preserve your long-term oral health. When your tooth remains in place, the root continues to stimulate the dental bone in your jaw to maintain itself so it remains healthy. When a tooth is lost, this relationship ends and your bone begins to diminish, setting off a chain reaction with long-term negative implications for your oral health.
Are You in Pain? Call Us Today!
Dental pain can really ruin a person’s day. Seeing a patient in the chair, grasping the side of their face in visible pain is hard because we know that person is miserable in that moment.
Don’t wait another minute. Call our Loxahatchee dental office now and let us know what is going on. We’ll get you in quickly to assess your condition and provide treatment.