Root Canals

Does the mere thought of having a root canal stir up all sorts of negative feelings?

Maybe you know someone who had a bad experience, or maybe you had one yourself in the past. Today, however, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, we can honestly say that root canals are no more complicated than having a tooth filled. 

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

To answer this question, it’s helpful for you to understand a little bit about the anatomy of your tooth.

The visible outer layer is dental enamel, one of the hardest substances in the human body! Beneath the enamel is a layer called dentin. Dentin isn’t as hard as enamel, but it is comparable to that of bone.

The innermost layer of the tooth is dental pulp, which provides blood flow and nutrition to the tooth to keep it alive and healthy. The pulp also allows for the nerves to enter the tooth.

When decay or a dental injury damages the pulp, it can penetrate so deeply that it actually touches the nerve and becomes very painful. At this point, the diseased pulp needs to be removed and replaced with a special filling material. The only alternative to a root canal would be removal of the tooth.

Your Comfort Comes First

Before we begin your root canal treatment, we’ll make sure your mouth is completely numb. Our team believes in using equipment that makes your treatment more efficient and comfortable. That is why we've invested in a computerized system for comfortably delivering local anesthesia.

We also use the services of a compounding pharmacy that creates a customized formula for a local anesthetic that we've found works especially well. Since you remain numb during your procedure, you probably won’t feel anything except some gentle pressure. 

If you like, however, we can offer nitrous oxide sedation to help calm you. Nitrous oxide is very safe and will just make you feel a little drowsy so that the activity around you recedes into the background. The results wear off as soon as we stop administering the gas, so you will be able to go about your usual routine immediately after treatment. 

The key to a stress-free root canal is a skilled and gentle team who listens to your needs and responds to your concerns. We’ll talk you through the procedure so you know what we’re doing and what to expect. Over the years, Dr. Hunt and Dr. Caldwell have gained significant expertise with the procedure and are highly qualified to perform safe, comfortable, and effective root canals for our patients.

Call Today for the Relief You Need

At Meadow Creek Family Dentistry, we understand that a root canal can be stressful for many people. Your comfort always comes first, and our team will do everything possible to put you at ease, no matter what procedure you’re having. 

If you feel you may need a root canal, we urge you to contact our Inman, SC dental office as soon as possible. The sooner we clear away the infection, the sooner you’ll have relief!