We’ve all heard the urban myths that have been popularized by TV shows and movies over the years. Don’t believe the lies you’ve heard – if your tooth is in major pain and you’re in need of a root canal, call North Bay Dental at 262-417-7326 to learn about this tooth-saving restorative dentistry treatment.
At our Racine, WI dentist office, our team will do everything we can to repair and preserve your damaged teeth so you can avoid tooth extractions. No matter the particular problem you have, we offer a wide range of services to fix your smile and get you out of pain. We want to be your one-stop shop for your dental care needs.
Contrary to what you may have heard, root canals are actually intended to relieve dental pain, not cause it. To hear a little more about this common restorative dentistry treatment so you can dispel any fears or misunderstandings about it you have, read on below. We find that educated patients are less fearful and feel more in control regarding their oral health.
For your convenience, we offer some flexible hours that a lot of other dentists don’t. We close at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, but we otherwise keep the standard nine-to-five schedule you’d expect. But we also stay late until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and open early at:
- 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays
- 7:30 a.m. on Fridays
- 8:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays
Learn What To Expect During A Root Canal
Whether you saw a scary movie featuring the popular trope of the depraved dentist or you have a family member who got a root canal years ago and never skips an opportunity to tell you about it, you’ve probably been fed a few horror stories about root canals.
But if you think you might need a root canal and you are intimidated by that prospect, we have some good news for you. Thanks to advances in modern dental instruments and techniques, root canals are no more painful than a tooth filling. That’s right – if you’ve ever had a tooth filling before, you have nothing to fear when it comes to root canals.
Root canals were never as painful as movies and TV made them out to be, but they were more unpleasant a few decades ago. Thankfully, those days are over.
If you do need a root canal, there’s a good chance that you have a pretty serious toothache you’re dealing with. Even if you don’t feel the pain all the time, you’ve probably bitten down on a hard food in that area of your mouth without thinking about it and felt a jolt of pain.
Did you know that a toothache can help you get rid of that toothache once and for all?
A root canal is so-called because we actually clear out the canals in your tooth roots where soft tissue and nerves (pulp) are present. Because we’ll completely remove the pulp from inside your tooth, it will no longer be able to feel any pain at all!
The process requires a skilled dentist, but it is fairly easy to understand the basic steps of a root canal. If you have any questions whatsoever regarding your root canal, just ask away. We are happy to provide simple answers to your questions and listen intently to any concerns you may have.
Once we have assessed your situation using state-of-the-art dental technology and determined you need a root canal, we will:
- Numb your tooth and the surrounding area with an anesthetic to prevent any discomfort
- Make a small hole in your tooth so we can access the infected pulp within
- Use special instruments to clean away the infected pulp
- Fill the space that once housed your tooth pulp with an inert material and seal your tooth to prevent further infection
Depending on how strong your tooth is and how much of its structure was affected by decay and infection, we may recommend placing a dental crown to help strengthen and protect your tooth following the procedure.
We want to make your experiences with us as pleasant as possible, so we keep some amenities on hand at all times to help put you at ease. We even offer nitrous oxide dental sedation to help relieve dental anxiety if you’d like.