Patient education is the foundation upon which Ricard Family Dentistry is built. We care about the well-being of our patients, and good oral care is a major contributor to overall good health. If you have questions about specific treatments or simply about maintaining optimal oral health, please feel free to ask us.
We have answered a few of your most common questions below. But if you have other questions that are not answered here, please give us a call! We are happy to give you the information you need to make the best decision about taking care of your oral health.
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Although many people have a deep-seated fear of the root canal process, the truth is that getting a root canal is no worse than getting a cavity filled. In fact, the toothache pain that generally brings people to their Fort Pierce dentist in the first place is almost always far worse than any pain associated with the root canal process.
During root canal treatment, you will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you won’t be able to feel anything while Dr. Ricard performs this common procedure.
After the area surrounding the infected tooth is numbed, Dr. Ricard will make a tiny hole in your tooth so he can clean out the infected tooth pulp. The area will be saturated with an antibiotic to ensure the infection is completely gone. Once the area is cleaned, Dr. Ricard will use a special material to fill in the space in the root.
We will likely recommend that a crown be fitted on top of the remaining tooth structure to strengthen and protect it. Once the pulp is removed from the tooth root, the tooth structure can become brittle and vulnerable to fracture. A crown will keep the tooth strong, giving you back full function of the tooth.