Root Canals Save Teeth

Root Canals Save Teeth

When it comes to preserving your natural teeth, prevention is always better than treatment. However, when the nerve of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected, it starts to produce pain in that specific area. This pain often radiates, sometimes contributing to headaches and overall uneasiness. When a pain like this is present, the first thing recommended is to see a dental provider.


A root canal is a procedure that was created to remove the inflamed and infected nerve from the inside of a tooth. After the nerve is removed, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected and cleaned. Not wanting to leave your tooth hollow, the dentist then fills up the tooth and seals it with a special rubbery material. Think of a led pencil, when you have a broken led you replace it with a new one. The process is then completed with the installation of a crown that allows the patient to safely chew and bite on the tooth without further complications. Most patients find this procedure a bit intimidating, so to ease the patient’s nerves, the entire procedure is performed with anesthesia. One of the most beneficial parts of this procedure is that it requires no additional down time. This specific treatment is the method dentists prefer when trying to avoid unnecessary tooth extractions. With the help of modern technologies and anesthesia, root canals have become a majority pain-free and a very common procedure.


Root Canal vs. Tooth Extraction

Contrary to popular beliefs, most patients are unaware of the importance of saving their natural teeth. The idea of simply removing the infected tooth seems less frustrating, however, the additional procedures needed post the extraction of the infected teeth, labels a root canal as the more financially desired alternative. Nonetheless, there often comes a time when it is recommended for a patient to consider extracting a tooth, but with a root canal treatment, patients can preserve their natural teeth for as long as possible. Teeth preservation is not the only benefit of a root canal, cleaning out the infected nerve also alleviates pain and reduces inflammation. Antibiotics are also prescribed as the patient goes back to life as usual.


The main reason root canals are the procedure of choice when trying to treat an infection is that tooth loss often requires that a patient undergoes additional restorative procedures with the help of implants or bridges. If gone neglected, the absence of a tooth that was extracted may make it harder for a person to chew or speak clearly. A simple consultation with one of our dentists provides us an opportunity to better assess the situation. However, the goal will always be to preserve your natural teeth if possible before resorting to tooth extraction and other prosthetic options.


The Round Up

Several major health issues in the body originate from dental issues, so it is important for patients to not delay getting a root canal treatment for an infected tooth. If you have an infected nerve, the quickest, most convenient, and mostly pain free option, that allows you to fix the problem permanently is to get a root canal. Before you decide against going through with a root canal treatment, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists for a more comprehensive recommendation. Chances are, if you have an infection in the nerve of your tooth, the most hassle-free way to alleviate your pain and save your natural tooth is to get a root canal performed as soon as possible. Thankfully, we have specialists ready and able to assist you with that.

COVID Protected dental care

Safe Dental Care in the Age of COVID-19

WE ARE OPEN: Safe Dental Care in the Age of COVID-19

This pandemic has had an impact on just about every aspect of our lives, and yet we’re still committed to providing you with the best dental care while having the utmost regard for your health and wellbeing.

Even before everything started to change, each one of 3CDental Group’s locations followed the universal precautions outlined by CDC and ADA standards of infection control. In light of recent developments we’ve taken steps to ensure that everyone — patients and employees alike — are safe within our facilities. While COVID-19 is a new disease, in many regards it is similar to the diseases we have been protecting against for years. Ultimately, that’s the most important thing: taking care of you in every way that we can.

What Steps Have We Taken?

All our team members have their temperatures taken before beginning the workday to rule out the possibility of coronavirus symptoms. We require everyone to wash their hands every 30 to 60 minutes, and between patients. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that we use includes special masks with up to 98% filtration for viruses and bacteria, gloves, gowns, hair caps, among others.

Additionally, one team member’s sole responsibility is to clean surfaces throughout the day. This is performed periodically and after each patient. Also, all team members are required to bring an extra set of clothes to change into at the end of the workday to ensure maximum sanitation.

And finally, every week we complete a compliance check to make sure all protocols are being followed.

How Are We Taking Care of You?

Your wellbeing is our highest priority, so we’re going above and beyond to make sure your health is not compromised in any way. That said, we are complying with every public health recommendation. Meaning if you have a fever or a cough, we will have to reschedule your appointment. 

Other measures:

  • Every patient has the option of waiting in their car instead of the waiting room. We’ll call when we’re ready for you.
  • Patients have their temperature taken before being seated in the waiting area that only holds up to five people at a time in order to observe proper social distancing.
  • Before beginning an appointment, patients are required to pre-rinse with OraCare Mouth Rinse, highly effective given its antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
  • We kindly ask all our patients to sanitize their hands before returning to our business areas.

These measures are meant to protect your health and that of every patient that visits our offices, as well as the team entrusted with your dental care.

Going Forward

While we may not know how this pandemic will continue to shape our lives in the near future, we are devoted to caring for you with the highest standards of excellence.

Pushing forward, we will continue to provide you with the best dental care available along with the 3C’s: care, comfort, and convenience. We will strive to remain true to our patients and our values — because you deserve nothing less. 

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