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Oral Sedation

Going to the dentist doesn’t have to be painful. Here at Pham’s Family Dentistry, there’s a way to feel very little pain at all. Through advanced methods, oral sedation allows you to receive the dental care that you need with less stress and worry.

Oral sedation, also known as relaxation dentistry or sleep dentistry, is a modern-day breakthrough. Make your next visit a pain-free visit. Dr. Pham and his staff are well trained with a vast amount of experience when it comes to completing procedures without inflicting lots of pain.

Ask us about oral sedation on your next visit.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (pulp) of the tooth.

It used to be that a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed. In 95 percent of these cases today, this is no longer true.

We believe in saving teeth instead of removing them and we will make every effort to save yours. The extraction of a tooth is a last resort since such extraction might cause complications with nearby teeth over time.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present
  • Swellingand/or tenderness

The Procedure

Once it has been determined (with X-Rays and clinical examination) that root canal treatment is necessary, you will be scheduled for one or more appointments. It's important that you keep these appointments in order to prevent delays in treatment and healing. It's also essential that you take all antibiotics and medications prescribed to hasten healing and reduce swelling. Should you experience pain that can't be controlled with the prescribed medication, (this is unusual), but as a precaution, call our office immediately.

Here's how your tooth can be saved with root canal therapy:

  1. The tooth may be isolated with a piece of rubber dam. This confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown into the pulp. Your tooth may be numbed prior to this procedure.
  2. We then carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged, and shaped. Then, dependign on your individual case, the root canal(s) and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed. However, in some cases, we place a temporary medication in the tooth to control bacterial growth and reduce infection.
  3. A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. However, in some cases, the tooth may be left open. This allows the infection to drain.
  4. At the next appointment, we sterilize the inside of the tooth to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure, we take X-Rays to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.
  5. The root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed.
  6. Finally, the tooth is fully restored to chewing function.

After Treatment

Once the root canal treatment bas been completed, you should be aware of the following considerations:

Discoloration

You may notice that your treated tooth (particularly a front tooth) has undergone a change in color. While this is at no great medical concern, you may be interested in having the tooth bleached. Be sure to ask us about tooth bleaching.

Brittleness

A non-vital treated tooth is more brittle than a vital one and is more susceptible to fracture. Therefore, we recommend that your root canal tooth be crowned (capped) following treatment. Ask us if you are considering this procedure.

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