Root Canals
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The purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth. When the nerve in the tooth becomes infected, you have two choices. You can either have the tooth taken out, or you can have the nerve removed, which is called a root canal. With a root canal, you can actually save a person's tooth, and they last a long time. If a patient doesn't want to lose their tooth, that is their option. Root canals are just like doing anything else we do. We get you really numb; there's really no pain involved. The pain associated with root canals is because patient comes in, and they have an infected tooth, and then it's hard to get them numb. A lot of times, I'll have the patient on antibiotics before we do the root canal just to settle everything down. We do root canals just about as painlessly now, so it's just not like it used to be.

There are a lot rumors and myths about root canal treatment. At Andrew Dine, DDS, your root canal will not hurt, and it may be the only way to save your damaged tooth from extraction. With our skills and advanced techniques like DentalVibe, you can have a painless root canal experience and keep your beautiful smile intact. Call our Fairfield, OH dental office today at 513‑823‑2575 to schedule your appointment.

Root Canals
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I use, it's called a dental vibe. It's a really cool instrument so that the tip of it vibrates. When you put that on the gum before you give a patient an injection, the brain can only feel one sensation at a time. You feel this vibration and you do not feel the shot. The patients love it. I've been using this for, let's see, it's probably been two years. We use this on every patient that we do an injection on. It works out really well.

Why Would You Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is needed if an infection has reached the inner chamber of the tooth that houses the dental pulp. The dental pulp consists of blood vessels that nourish the tooth as well as nerves that trigger pain when irritated. If infection is left untreated, it will kill the dental pulp, destroy bone, and spread to surrounding areas. This will lead to you losing the tooth and requiring a bridge or dental implant to fill the gap.

How Do You Know If You Need a Root Canal?

If you experience any of the following symptoms of dental pulp infection, do not wait. Call your dentist in Fairfield, OH right away:

  • Severe toothache that may disappear and return
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pus-filled abscess near the aching tooth
  • Loose teeth

However, you may notice no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s so important to have regular dental cleanings and exams, so Dr. Dine has the opportunity to catch any infection before it spreads.

What Is the Root Canal Process?

Before anything happens, Dr. Dine will use our painless DentalVibe technology to completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissue so you won’t feel anything. Once the area is numb, Dr. Dine will start your root canal treatment.

Dr. Dine will open a small access hole in your tooth. The damaged nerve and pulp are removed, the tooth is cleaned out, and the inside is filled with gutta-percha (material similar to the removed pulp). Depending on the extent of the damage, Dr. Dine may seal your tooth with a tooth-colored filling or dental crown to repair your tooth and make it strong again.

Save Your Smile with Root Canal Treatment from Dr. Dine

Get your painless root canal treatment from a dentist with more than 40 years of experience in this procedure. Reach our office at 513‑823‑2575 to schedule your visit today. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.

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