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Keeping our patients informed about the benefits of excellent oral health is the cornerstone of our Metairie practice. We think you’re more likely to take steps to protect your oral health when you know the impact that healthy teeth can have on your life.
We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
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Like many oral health problems, symptoms don't usually reveal themselves until the problem is advanced, which is why we recommend seeing Dr. Troy Patterson regularly. If tooth decay or infection isn't treated in time, the infected tooth will need a root canal.
Root canals can save your tooth, especially if it is severely damaged. Your root canal dentist can remove any infected tissue within the tooth and seal it.
Some common signs that you may need a root canal include:
Severe Tooth Pain
Consistent tooth pain is one of the most common signs that something might be wrong with your tooth. You'll notice the pain, especially when eating or drinking.
Cracked or Damaged Tooth
As sturdy as teeth are, they can be surprisingly vulnerable. They can be chipped from eating hard items, a sports injury, or an accident.
Cracked teeth create openings that expose the nerves and tissues within the tooth, which can lead to infection.
Sudden Sensitivity to Temperatures
Sudden sensitivity to hot drinks or cold beverages could be a telltale sign that a root canal is necessary. It may start as a mild ache that escalates into an intense, sharp pain.
Swollen and inflamed gums are never a great sign. Painful gums need to be examined by your dentist immediately since they usually indicate a severe oral problem.
Give Us a Call If You Aren't Sure
Generally, tooth pain is always an indication that you need to see your dentist as soon as you can. If you're unsure about your symptoms, give us a call at Oak Family Dental.
We know how awful it is to have a dental emergency after hours with nowhere to turn. As a current patient on record, we will provide you with instructions on how to reach us 24/7.
Call Us to Be Seen ASAP!
If you have a dental emergency, please contact us at our Metairie, LA dental office today by calling (504) 834-6410.
Yes! Eating after a root canal is entirely possible, but some foods should be avoided. The wrong kind of food can cause pain and damage the tooth.
Patients should not eat anything at all until the anesthesia or numbness wears off since you can accidentally bite your tongue or cheek.
Foods That Are Recommended after a Root Canal
Root canal treatment will cause some sensitivity, and since there isn't a dental crown to protect the tooth, it is best to eat soft foods until the swelling has gone done and the entire procedure is complete.
Foods that you can eat after a root canal include:
- Ice cream
- Fruit smoothies
- Mashed potatoes
- Rice pudding
We recommend that patients avoid hard or crunchy foods, such as corn on the cob, apples, or carrots. Spicy foods can make patients feel discomfort or pain.
Root Canals at Oak Family Dental
At our Metairie dental office, we make sure our root canals are pain-free and straightforward. Through the use of anesthesia, many patients feel only a slight pressure.
When the anesthesia starts to wear off after the procedure is complete, there may be some mild throbbing or pain that is normal after a surgical procedure. Alleviating the pain can be accomplished with over-the-counter pain medication.
Oak Family Dental offers the residents of Metairie, Louisiana pain-free, and gentle root canal treatments.
Learn More about Root Canals
Modern dental advancements have allowed us to offer reliable treatments and surgeries. We invite any questions and are more than happy to go over the procedure so that patients can feel informed and prepared.
If you are feeling anxious about having a root canal, we can tell you that there’s nothing to worry about! The professional team at Oak Family Dental is trained to take special care to keep our patients comfortable during procedures like a root canal.
It’s true that root canals have gained a pretty harsh reputation over the years. But we’re fortunate to have access to new techniques and materials that make root canals straightforward and stress-free.
Your comfort is our top priority, and if you’re stressed about the procedure, we need to address your concerns. Our experienced doctors have performed many root canals, and their gentle touch has helped lots of our patients have treatment with little or no discomfort whatsoever.
Sedation Dentistry Options
We also offer sedation options that will keep you calm and comfortable. First, the area we’re treating will be numbed completely so you will not feel anything. We can help calm your nerves with nitrous oxide (laughing gas), a mild, but very effective form of sedation. All you have to do is breathe, and you will immediately feel drowsy and relaxed.
If you have significant anxiety, our doctors can prescribe a mild sedative to be taken at home before your appointment. That way, you will already feel calm when you arrive at our office. By combining oral sedation with nitrous oxide, we can provide you with a truly stress-free root canal.
Please don’t put off root canal treatment due to anxiety and worry. This is a very important procedure that is needed to save your tooth and protect your oral health. Contact our Metairie dental office, and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about our stress-free root canals.