How is root canal therapy performed?
Dr. James Stanford prides himself on giving his patients the most comfortable experience he can when they come into his office. This is no different whether you are coming in for a routine cleaning or scheduled for a root canal therapy appointment. Dr. Stanford typically performs his root canals in two appointments. A root canal is needed when either decay enters into the tooth's nerve and/or there is trauma to the tooth.
First Root Canal Appointment
At the first appointment, Dr. Stanford will use his special technique to numb his patients to minimize pain. This technique has been frequently raved about by his patients and on his reviews. After his patients are completely numb and comfortable, he will enter the tooth and remove the nerve of the tooth. Dr. Stanford usually explains this to patients by comparing removing the nerve like removing the lead from a pencil. This will prevent any future pain or worst case scenario, the loss of the tooth.
Typically, Dr. Stanford will wait 3-7 days to have his patient return for their follow-up visit. This will give the tooth time to calm down after the first appointment, so the patient is as comfortable as possible to finish their procedure. At the next appointment, Dr. Stanford will either fill or crown the tooth. If your tooth already has a cap on it and the crown is in good condition, then Dr. Stanford likes to preserve that crown, while saving you money, and just fill in the portion that was removed to complete the root canal.
Placing a Build-up Crown
If your tooth does not currently have a crown or if the crown is not savable, then Dr. Stanford will place a build-up and crown on the root canaled tooth. After a root canal is performed, the tooth becomes very brittle since there is no longer a blood supply or nerve. This is why it is very important to finish a tooth canal with a build-up and crown because the tooth needs extra support so it does not break. This will give your tooth the extra strength it needs to preserve your smile. Our goal is to help our patients keep as many as their natural teeth as possible throughout their lifetime.
If you are experiencing pain or have been told you need a root canal, Dr. Stanford would love the opportunity to restore you back to health!