Endodontics refers to treatment of infections that are actually present inside the tooth. When dental care requires a root canal or related endodontic procedure, patients at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville have the peace of mind of knowing that Dr. White seeks out the least invasive treatments possible and will only employ a altroot canal when it is the best treatment available.
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Endodontics: First Steps
Dr. White’s ongoing mission and approach to patient care emphasizes addressing individual anxieties and fear around dental work. That means seeking out comfortable, conservative treatments.
That is why we prefer Limited Tooth Adjustments. This is the most conservative approach to less complex situations. It causes the least disruption to the dental environment. It is recommended when no high-end root dental infection or neuromuscular disharmony is discovered. Because this is usually limited to one or two teeth, the patient can be treated in a relatively short time.
Dr. White might recommend this approach in the following circumstances:
- The tooth may move some or a lot and be sensitive to cold or sweets.
- Bite sensitivity may be high when chewing certain foods.
- The likely sources of pain could be an existing high filling or crown, a changed tooth position, bite interference or with a grinding jaw movement.
Limited tooth adjustment may help in some situations where pain, sensitivity, or tooth mobility make you think you have an infection, but you really do not. Taking this approach is part of our commitment to always trying the least invasive treatment option likely to yield quality results.
There are specific situations in which we support this type of therapy. Here are six specific reasons that a patient might need a root canal:
Root Canal Reason No. 1: There is an obvious infection at the root tips. (Gum ligament space is widening and broken.)
Root Canal Reason No. 2: Dental abscess, or serious gum infection.
Root Canal Reason No. 3: Symptoms include swelling, fever or discomfort.
Root Canal Reason No. 4: Decay has come close to the pulp chamber.
Root Canal Reason No. 5: Nerve or tooth pulp is dead. (The patient will experience a chronic, dull toothache.)
Root Canal Reason No. 6: There is not enough tooth structure remaining for restorative care.
After your root canal is completed, Dr. White will place a dental crown to protect and support your remaining tooth structure.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
One of the most common concerns people have about a root canal is that it will be painful. This perception traces back to the origins of the procedure when anesthesia options were limited (often a whiskey and cocaine blend served as the anesthesia of choice), so that any procedure working directly on the nerve of the tooth is bound to be painful.
Today, people feel little or no discomfort during the procedure, and within a week people report that their discomfort is barely a third of what it was before they had their root canal.
If you live in or around Nashville or you are visiting our city temporarily and want endodontic care from a unique dentist who fuses preventative, biomimetic, neuromuscular, restorative and aesthetic/cosmetic techniques to forge long-term solutions, please contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry online or call our office directly at (615) 383-6787.