The pain is around the clock. You can’t sleep. The pain medication only partly works and you are not thrilled about the side effects. You need relief—permanent relief. A root canal may be just the solution. Many patients are put off when they hear the term “root canal.” The truth is, if you are suffering from a painful toothache, hearing from an endodontist that a root canal is possible is good news. It means the pain can be stopped and your tooth can be saved.
If you are considering the option of tooth extraction, keep in mind that it can be more expensive and have more complications long-term. Once a tooth is removed, biting and chewing may be more difficult and your teeth may begin to shift. Also, a denture or bridge may be necessary, which will be much more costly and invasive than a root canal. When it comes to lasting results, conserving the tooth structure via a root canal proves a far better solution than even implants!
Pain-Free Root Canal from Cape Fear Endodontics
Cape Fear Endodontics can relieve the pain and complications associated with tooth decay, an abscessed tooth and chipped or broken teeth. A root canal is a method of endodontic therapy with the purpose of saving the tooth rather than settling for tooth extraction. To determine if a root canal is necessary or helpful, we will schedule a consultation which will include an examination and X-rays.
The procedure for root canals can now be performed virtually pain free. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and conscious sedation dentistry is also available. During the procedure, the endodontist removes the damaged or infected tissue. The canal is then cleaned and disinfected. Finally, the canal is filled and sealed so the tooth can remain useful.
Dr. Mihle uses a new, state-of-the-art, bio-ceramic sealer and electric rotary instruments to reduce discomfort and avoid the harsh sounds usually associated with the root canal procedure. Our extremely safe oral sedation method also reduces the stress some patients feel before endodontic therapy.
The local anesthetic used will block the pain associated with the root canal procedure and there is only minor discomfort afterward. After your root canal, you may experience some soreness once the anesthetic has worn off. Pain medication can be prescribed and antibiotics may also be necessary to clean up any remaining infection.
Cape Fear Endodontics accepts new patients with or without a dentist referral. You can set an appointment using our Contact Us page.