- Orthodontics/Tooth-Colored Braces
- Root Canals/Endodontics
- Children’s Dentistry
- Gum Disease Screening
- Nightguards for Bruxism
- Oral Cancer Screening
- Oral Surgery
- Periodontal Therapy
- TMJ Therapy
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Wisdom Tooth Extractions
A root canal may sound intimidating, but modern root canal therapy is precise and comfortable. At Contemporary Dental Care of Mt. Vernon, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or oral conscious sedation for patients concerned about comfort during any procedure. Should the dentist recommend a root canal, your only alternative would be extraction of the tooth, and afterwards, replacing the tooth with a prosthetic.
“Why Would I Need a Root Canal?”
If we recommend a root canal, your affected tooth has internal infection. You may experience pain and discomfort from pressure inside the tooth caused by the infection. Inside every tooth, canals house a nerve or pulp that supplies the tooth with blood and sustains its life. When a large cavity or fracture damages the pulp, infection can set in. The tooth will die and pose a risk of serious complications, like blood borne infection.
“What Happens During a Root Canal?”
After you’re comfortable with nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation, the dentist will remove the infection from inside your tooth and replace the pulp with manmade material. The tooth will then be crowned.
“How Long Does a Root Canal Take?”
In many cases, we can complete root canal therapy in a single visit. Some complex cases require a few visits.
“Can I Postpone a Root Canal?”
Your dentist will advise you on how quickly you need root canal therapy performed. As with tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health concerns, infection in a tooth’s canals will not resolve naturally. The longer you wait, the worse the situation can become. If you wait too long, a root canal may not be feasible. In this case, the tooth would have to be extracted.
Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chris Martin, Dr. Judy Peng, or Dr. Rodney Beckett at Contemporary Dental Care of Mt. Vernon. Our dental office serves patients from across Knox County, including those from Gambier, Fredericktown, Howard, and beyond.