Don’t Be Afraid of the Big Bad Root Canal
By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
March 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals  

Why getting a root canal is nothing to fear

You’ve probably heard a lot about root canals; stories that have made you shiver with fear. It’s time to forget all that. Today’s modern root root canalcanal treatments are nothing to be afraid of. You need to know the truth about root canals. Dr. Mark Peterson of Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, Florida wants to set the record straight about root canal therapy.

Even though the first root canal goes back to the late 1600’s, modern root canal therapy doesn’t even resemble the treatment of the past. Root canals, also called endodontic procedures, are now a comfortable, state-of-the-art method of relieving tooth pain without taking out your tooth. Dr. Peterson is an expert at modern root canal therapy.

You might need a root canal if you have had trauma to your tooth, a dental infection (abscess) or deep dental decay. You may know you need a root canal if you have a deep, throbbing pain that doesn’t go away, or pain while eating hot and cold foods. But you won’t always have pain. The only way to really know for sure if you need a root canal is to see a dentist like Dr. Peterson. He can take x-rays and do testing to determine if you need a root canal.

If you do need a root canal, don’t be afraid! At your first visit, Dr. Peterson will open your tooth to relieve the pain and pressure. He will clean out your tooth and fill it with a calming, sedative filling material.

After your tooth has calmed down, and you don’t feel pain, Dr. Peterson will further clean and shape the inside of your tooth and fill it with an inert, rubbery material called gutta-percha. As the last step, he will place a permanent silver filling over the tooth opening and you are good to go!

After your completed root canal, you should consider a dental crown as a permanent, protective solution to restoring your tooth. Teeth with root canals are more brittle and more subject to breakage or fracture. The placement of a permanent crown ensures you will have a strong, protective tooth for eating the foods you love.

If you are experiencing dental pain and think you might need a root canal, Dr. Peterson is the dentist to call. He offers a full range of dental services to ensure your comfort before, during and after your root canal treatment. So don’t suffer with tooth pain! Call Dr. Mark Peterson of Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, Florida and feel better with root canal therapy!