Root canals for a lot of patients is a very scary procedure. Everybody's heard some horror story about all the pain and the discomfort that's associated with it. Usually, that's just not the case. With the technology and the procedures that we have today, most root canals can be done very comfortably. In fact, fairly frequently, we have patients come back in after they've had the procedure and say, I thought it was amazing, it's not what I expected. The technology has improved, the procedures have improved, they're easier to do, they're simpler to do and just more predictable.
Do you have a major toothache? Are you unable to chew around a certain tooth in your mouth? If you think you could benefit from a root canal treatment, contact George A. Hoop, DDS, PA today!
Whether you visit our Naples, FL dentist office or our Fort Myers, FL dentist office, Dr. George Hoop and our professional team can get your teeth back to excellent health!
Root Canals Explained
Don’t believe the urban myths popularized by television and movies. Thanks to advances in modern dentistry, root canals are no more uncomfortable than a tooth filling.
A root canal becomes necessary when tooth decay eats through the surface (enamel) of your tooth and begins to infect the soft tissue and nerves (pulp) inside the tooth. Usually this results from a cavity that has not been addressed quickly enough.
In order to preserve the tooth and help you avoid a tooth extraction, we will act quickly and perform a gentle root canal.
Our Root Canal Process
So you’ll know exactly what to expect, we will clearly explain each step of your procedure before we get to work repairing your smile.
First, we will thoroughly assess your situation and plan your treatment using advanced dental technology, like digital X-rays and intraoral cameras. Then, we will:
- Numb the area with anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing
- Make a small hole in the top of your tooth
- Remove the infected pulp with special tools
- Fill your tooth with an inert material called gutta percha
Depending on the state of your tooth, we may also cap it with a dental crown for added strength and protection.
If you’re nervous, our Fort Myers and Naples, FL offices can also relieve your dental anxiety with dental sedation options!