Root Canals in Bonita Springs
It’s a shame that root canals have such a bad reputation. The biggest misconception about root canals is that they’re painful, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s natural to associate the discomfort you’re feeling before your root canal with the procedure itself. However, the fact is that root canal therapy relieves your pain by removing the infected material that causes it.
How Can I Tell if I Need a Root Canal?
The only way to be certain you need a root canal is by having Dr. Gostigian perform a thorough examination and taking x-rays. But there are symptoms you can be aware of that will alert you to the fact a serious problem is developing:
- Severe toothache pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks
- Swelling and tenderness of the gum
- An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
It’s critical for you to contact us immediately if you notice any of the above symptoms. No matter how much you dislike the thought of having a root canal, putting off treatment is never a good idea. A delay usually results in unnecessary pain and an increased risk for tooth loss.
What’s Involved with Having a Root Canal?
Root canal therapy is necessary to remove extensive decay or infection from the tooth’s interior. This tiny space inside the tooth contains the pulp and main nerve and is called the root canal.
During treatment, Dr. Gostigian removes the decayed, infected, or damaged pulp as well as the nerve of the tooth. Since the nerves in your teeth basically have one job – they let you know when something’s hot or cold – they can be removed without severely compromising the tooth.
The space is then filled with a substance that acts as a pulp replacement. Since your tooth has already been compromised by decay, we will most likely need to reinforce it with a dental crown.
What Will You Do to Keep Me Comfortable?
We’re so glad you asked! At Bonita Grande Dental, we practice comfortable dentistry. We always start by applying a topical anesthetic, and Dr. Gostigian uses special techniques to deliver injections that are gentle and comfortable.
We won’t begin your procedure until we know that you’re completely numb. Throughout the procedure, we’ll communicate with you to ensure that you’re comfortable, and your feedback determines how treatment will progress.
If you’d like to really relax and leave your worries behind, we can offer you safe, effective nitrous oxide. You won’t go to sleep, but you will find yourself enjoying a relaxing sense of well-being and distance from the activities around you. If you have a higher level of anxiety, Dr. Gostigian can prescribe a calming medication for you to take before you arrive at our office.
You’ll even find our office stocked with stress-reducing amenities like pillows, blankets, and even scented towels because there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a little pampering along with your treatment!
Please Call to Make an Appointment
If you’re experiencing severe pain and suspect you may need a root canal, please do not put off calling our office. We’ll get you in for an appointment as soon as possible, usually the same day if it’s an emergency.