How can we help you?
At Cook Family Dentistry, we feel that you deserve to be fully informed about every aspect of your treatment. That is why we always take the time necessary to answer all your questions. Whatever your question, we've got the answer!
Here are a few of the questions we hear most often, but we encourage you to contact us if yours is not shown below.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal or "endodontic" treatment basically restores your painful or infected tooth back to health. Basically, a tooth is hollow, kind of like a drinking straw. Inside this hollow space (the root canal) is where the nerves, blood vessels, and other "stuff" is located. Outside of the tooth, our mouths have bacteria that naturally live there. However, if these bacteria enter the root canal either through a cavity or a crack in the tooth, the nerve can die and the tooth will require a root canal treatment.
Root Canal Process
Root canals are not painful...some patients may remember a painful tooth that needed a root canal, but the actual procedure takes the pain away. Many patients actually take a nap during the root canal! During the procedure, the tooth is numbed, any cavity is cleaned up, and access is gained to the hollow "root canal" space of the tooth. Then we thoroughly clean that hollow space, dry it, and seal it.
After a root canal, many teeth will need a full-coverage crown as soon as possible for protection against cracking, as the tooth is now more brittle and fragile than before the root canal procedure.
Please give us a call if we can be of any help!
We know that dental treatments can cause anxiety for many patients, and our priority is getting you the important care you need. If you experience dental phobia, we can offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax during treatment.
It is very common to be afraid of visiting the dentist. In fact, it’s a problem that affects millions of people. Sometimes the fear may be so overwhelming that you’re tempted to put off important treatments designed to protect your oral health.
Reduce Dental Anxiety
Of course, you already know that avoiding treatment only postpones the inevitable. But we need to find a way to help reduce your anxiety, and that’s why we offer nitrous oxide sedation.
Nitrous oxide is one of the safest, most widely used types of sedation available. It has helped millions of anxious patients receive both basic and more complex treatments.
When we use nitrous oxide, you will not go to sleep. You will just feel very calm and a little drowsy. Many of our patients tell us that, after treatment, they don’t really remember what was going on around them. After treatment, you will immediately be able to go about your normal activities.
Please don’t put off dental treatment because of your anxiety. We will be happy to explain more about the benefits of nitrous oxide at your next visit. Please call our Birmingham dental office to schedule an appointment.