Posts for tag: root canal

By LaRoche Dental
February 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

One of the most common misconceptions that patients visiting Cecilia N. LaRoche, DDS at LaRoche Dental have about root canals is that they cause pain. Whether this misconception comes from rumors they've heard or experiences they've had at another Hollis dentist, no one knows. Thankfully, this misconception is just that: a misconception. The truth is that root canals don't cause pain;Root Canal they treat it.

Decades ago, before dentists had the knowledge and technology that dentists have today, root canals likely were invasive and painful. Today, however, that is simply not the case. Dr. LaRoche offers a number of pain management techniques to her patients in Hollis that make getting a root canal no more painful than having a cavity filled. Many of Dr. LaRoche's patients are quite surprised at how non-threatening and painless the procedure actually is.

Plus, when you visit a Hollis dentist for a root canal, chances are that you are in pain already, even before the procedure begins. The reasons you are having the root canal are to clean out your tooth root, restore your dental health and to relieve your pain. A root canal effectively completes all three of these objectives and more. Come in to LaRoche Dental in pain; leave feeling much better.

Of course, it is normal to experience a degree of numbness or soreness after the procedure. The dentist will be removing any infected or decayed tooth root. Severe and lasting pain simply are not common, however.

If your Hollis dentist has advised that you likely need a root canal, don't worry. They aren't nearly as scary or painful as they are made out to be. In fact, lying back in the dentist chair and taking a break from the rest of the busy world can even be quite relaxing! Don't put off a necessary dental procedure over a misconception that simply isn't true. Get your mouth the treatment it deserves. Call your Hollis dentist, Dr. LaRoche at LaRoche Dental, today.

By LaRoche Dental
January 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

It’s often said that thereĆ¢??s a first time for everything: Driving a car by yourself; getting your first “real” job; even… having a root canal?

Now don’t get us wrong — we’re not wishing that anyone should go through a medical procedure, no matter how minor. Yet the fact remains: A root canal procedure is one of the most common treatments performed in many dental offices… and, especially for first-timers, it’s one of the most misunderstood.

Let’s start off with the biggest misconception of all. Have you heard that a root canal is an exceptionally painful treatment? Get ready for some news: It just isn’t so. The fact is, in the vast majority of cases, having a root canal procedure is comparable to cavity treatment in terms of discomfort. Yet it brings immediate relief to the intense pain that can result from an infection in the pulp of the tooth. To understand how this works, we need to look a little closer at a tooth’s anatomy.

The hard outer surface of the tooth doesn’t have nerves, so it can’t “feel” any sensations. But deep inside of the tooth lies a bundle of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue called the pulp. Safely sealed off from the outside world, pulp tissue is needed for proper tooth development, but has no essential function in adults. Sometimes, however, a deep cavity or a crack in the tooth allows bacteria to infect this soft tissue. That’s when the tooth’s pulp will let you know it’s still there — by causing the sensation of pain.

Pulp tissue fills a branching network of tiny canal-like passages, which can be compared to the roots of a plant. When infection develops in the root canals, the best treatment is to remove the diseased and dying tissue, clean out and disinfect the passageways, and seal up the area against further infection. This, in essence, is a root canal procedure. It is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain as it’s being done. When it’s over, a crown (cap) will be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function.

What happens if you need a root canal but don’t get one? If you can manage to ignore it, the pain may (or may not) eventually cease: This signals that the nerves have died — but the disease still persists. Eventually, it may lead to further infection… a pus-filled abscess… even tooth loss. And that’s a truly bad outcome.

It’s normal to feel a little apprehension before any medial procedure. But don’t let faded myths about the root canal procedure keep you from getting the treatment you need. Remember, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain — it relieves it!

If you would like more information about root canal treatment, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide To Root Canal Treatment” and “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!

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205-07 Hillside Ave Suite #17
Hollis, NY 11423
(718) 776-0600

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