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Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we are asked by patients, as well as excerpts from Dr. Gladnick's column in the Wilmington News Journal's "Ask the Dentist."
Root Canals / Endodontic Therapy
We hear this question a lot, and the easy answer is – No!
Dentists the world over would like nothing more than to dispel all the myths and negativity surrounding root canals! This is a critical procedure that does not cause pain – it relieves it!
Wilmington patients who have had root canals with Dr. Mark Gladnick have nothing but good things to say. Most tell us that the procedure was much easier than they anticipated.
There’s a chamber deep inside your tooth that houses nerves and tissue that keep the tooth alive. When decay penetrates this part of the tooth, it becomes infected, causing severe discomfort. We provide relief from this pain by performing root canal treatment.
The pain you feel before treatment is a result of the infection. Unfortunately, many people associate this pain with the procedure itself. The truth is that as soon as we numb the tooth to start the procedure, you will feel immediate relief. You may experience sensitivity for a day or two following treatment, but that’s true of many dental procedures.
If you think you may need a root canal, please call our Wilmington dental office. We’ll see you as soon as possible to provide you with the relief you need!
Besides protecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), eliminating muscle pain, relieving headaches, and protecting the enamel on your teeth, there are sizable financial savings to using a nightguard versus taking care of dental problems that may arise from not using one.
Cost Of A Nightguard
Let's do the math. A nightguard will cost about $650. The cost of a single crown that will be needed to protect a tooth that has lost its enamel because of constant grinding is about $1200. Multiply this by six (or more) teeth, and you are approaching $10,000. If there is damage to the joint itself, an operation to repair the joint can cost about $30,000.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
The decision to simply protect your teeth and joints with an inexpensive night guard seems like a good decision both economically and medically. If you would like to learn more information about nightguards, call Drs. Gladnick and Justison today! Our entire dental team is thrilled to meet you and the entire family.
Root canal therapy, unfortunately, gets a lot of undeserved hatred and fear. Many people misunderstand root canal treatment and what exactly it does, causing them to be afraid of the procedure and even avoid it entirely if their dentist ever recommends it.
If you need a root canal or emergency root canal in Wilmington, don’t worry—we have experienced, gentle dentists who can take care of you and get your tooth on its way to healing. Root canals typically feel no different than a standard tooth filling, and you will be kept comfortable and numb during the entire procedure.
But how do you know if you need a root canal in the first place? Your most obvious and most prominent indicator will be pain. Root canal therapy removes an infection from deep inside a tooth, so teeth that require a root canal are typically very painful.
Other signs that you should see your dentist in Wilmington for treatment include:
- Sensitivity to temperature around a specific tooth
- Pain when you chew your food or bite down
- Irregular and sudden darkening of a tooth
- A tenderness that extends to your neighboring gums
The preferred way to know for sure whether you need a root canal or if your toothache is a sign of something else is to schedule a dental appointment with your dentist so they can evaluate the area more closely. If you’re worried about a painful tooth and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact our dental team!