Too many people see a dentist’s office as a painful and scary place. At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD, we dispel that image with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Even so, when patients hear they need a root canal, a lot of them are going to get tense.
It doesn’t need to be that way.
People tend to fear getting a root canal because they associate it with a lot of pain. But chances are they’re already in pain, because root canals are performed on infected teeth. Infected teeth usually send off distress signals in the form of pain.
The purpose of the root canal is to relieve that pain, and save the tooth. The procedure itself is about the same as getting a cavity filled.
It’s called a “root canal” because we clean out the canals inside the tooth’s root. We remove bacteria, soft tissue, decayed nerve tissue, and any debris. The tooth is then sealed, and a crown is put in place.
We want root canals, and all other procedures, to be as comfortable as possible. We have several sedation dentistry options: laughing gas and oral conscious sedation, which involves taking a sedative beforehand. Laughing gas wears off quickly, but those who get oral conscious sedation will need a ride home afterward.
In addition to root canals, St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville MD provides general and family dentistry, and popular cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening. Call our office today to schedule an appointment.