what exactly a root canal is. A root canal is a routine dental procedure. Here is a summary of the root canal: what it is and what to expect with treatment:

Once it has been determined that root canal therapy is needed, a dentist will anesthetize the tooth and place a protective barrier around it in order to keep it clean. Then the dentist will clean out the nerve tissue with specially shaped instruments and may place a medicament. When the root canal is thoroughly cleaned and shaped, a sealing material is placed in the canal and a temporary filling material is placed in the tooth until the next visit when the final restoration of the tooth will take place. Root canal therapy, depending on the amount of canals in the tooth, can take between 1-2 visits ranging from an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes per visit. Root canal therapy is painless if the tooth is sufficiently numb. If a tooth is infected or has been irritated for a long time, there is a possibility that getting numb may take longer than normal. After treatment is completed, it is not uncommon to have some soreness when biting, similar to a bruised feeling. This sensitivity is normal and can be addressed with an over the counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. It is important to note that the difficulty/ease of the procedure depends on various factors including severity of infection. Many of our patients report experiencing little or no pain at all. If fear of a root canal, or dental procedures in general, are preventing you from seeking dental treatment, speak to your dentist about conscious sedation.]]>

fotolia_28128322_xsConscious sedation is a procedure that allows you to get the dental care you need while remaining stress free and comfortable. Conscious sedation is defined as a minimally depressed state of consciousness that allows the retention of the ability to respond and react to physical stimulation and verbal command. During the sedated state most patients experience an amnesic effect that can erase any memory of the procedure. It is a great tool that can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted but were kept from getting due to your fear of the dentist. If you are afraid to go to the dentist, or just anxious about certain aspects of your dental treatment, sedation may be a solution to your anxiety. Unlike general anesthesia where the patient is unconscious or asleep, conscious sedation allows you to be awake but in a very relaxed state. Our certified IV conscious sedation dentist, Dr. Tina Frangella, can give you the ability to have your dental treatment completed while you are in a sedated and relaxed state. Sedation Dentistry can give you the peace of mind you need in order to undergo dental work with no memory of the treatment that was done. It will allow you to receive the care necessary for you to enjoy better overall health, an improved self-image, and better quality of life with a healthy, beautiful smile.]]>