What Is a Root Canal?
When detected soon enough, tooth decay or damage is treated with a filling or a similar procedure to restore health and seal the area. However, when the decay moves past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be needed. A type of endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal and strengthen the tooth. Our experienced general dentists may recommend root canal therapy to Wyomissing and Reading, PA individuals to treat infected, cracked, or traumatized teeth and save such teeth from extraction.
If you believe you need a root canal, we understand if you might have reservations about having this procedure. Though root canals are a common dental treatment, patients often put off going to the dentist for a toothache because of common dental fears. Our caring, gentle team makes our best effort to help you feel at ease and comfortable when visiting our practice for care, but we also provide sedation for any anxiety. Call Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics to set up a consultation to learn about root canal therapy and sedation methods.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"In my commitment to review all things Reading (area) should anyone else find themselves in this area unexpectedly, I will now review "my dentist". I can't really comment on the "new facility" because when you move across state, everything is new! It's a beautiful facility with a welcoming environment (welcome gift was a nice & unexpected touch) & incredibly friendly admin/front desk staff. Honestly some of the nicest I have met. I have gone twice--and will be multiple times thanks to "bad teeth genes" including needing some root canals, cavities filled, etc. I really appreciate that they are up front with the "worst case scenario" and take the time to explain insurance coverage's, out of pocket, etc. Of course it's a pleasant surprise when the cost comes out less than what they initially estimated. There are a series of challenges related to dental work from the pain associated with prior experiences (this happened to me back in Pittsburgh), the cost when insurance doesn't cover (or don't have it at all), just to name a few. They really effort to make it a pleasant experience with massaging chairs(!!), tv's on the ceiling, and even offered a blanket when the AC was cranking during my recent root canal. Speaking of that root canal.... it painless and actually a relatively pleasant experience given what it was (I mean, it's a root canal afterall). The doctor even called to follow-up after the procedure which I felt like was a nice touch and pretty unexpected. My only advice is to close your eyes when they are getting ready to shoot the Novocaine, ha!."- W.B. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2016
"Awesome doesn't even begin to describe this practice. I can actually say this is the best dental office I have ever been to. I had a root canal about 10 years ago and swore I would never have another one. The doctors and techs were amazing, explaining everything before they did it and when they said I wouldn't have any pain, they weren't lying. I'm so glad I went there because I was just going to have the tooth pulled. Would recommend to anyone."- S.G. / Facebook / Mar 30, 2018
"My husband and I just started going to grove dental. We were treated very nice and everyone was nice to us. Helen was my dental hygienist and she was terrific and so helpful to me. I had seen Dr. Deforno and he was so nice and very friendly. He also did my root canal wit Maryann helping him and they were both so great. I didn't feel anything. Dr Deforno was so concerned that he called me later in the day to see how I was. That really impressed me. My husband had to have a root canal also and he saw Dr. Son tag and he really was impressed with her. So we highly recommend Grove Dental. We thank all of you! Kathy and Pete Yousaitis"- K.Y. / Facebook / Jun 24, 2016
"Ok so I hadn't been to the dentist for over a year and my neighbors told me they had started going to Grove Dental. They said how super nice everyone is and how comfortable they were with the care. When I made my appt it was after they moved to their location on State Hill and I can say they have a beautiful, up to date facility with the latest tech. The massaging chairs and comfort offerings were unexpected but much appreciated. I sadly had to get my first adult tooth cavity... filled but the service was great. I came for my second visit last week and the Dr wanted to retake xrays for a trouble spot he noticed just to make sure they were accurate and it turns out I need a root canal - I had the choice to get it taken care of immediately but I choose to schedule it. They are super thorough and answer any questions you have. I have already recommended the practice and will continue to do so."- D.B. / Facebook / Aug 08, 2016
"In addition to my review after another amazing appointment today! I went and had 4 fillings elsewhere and was in so much pain not only during the fillings but after. They didn't listen to me when I said I wasn't numb or anything. Well it resulted in me not being able to eat on one side of my mouth at all, not even soft foods. I couldn't floss could barely brush. Went to another for help looked at it for 1 minute told me I needed a root canal gave me a card for someone else an...d that was it. Came to Grove the second I walked in the door on a day that it was horrible our with snow I was still greeted with smiling faces. You guys took an xray talked me through everything. Found that my filling wasn't complete! And that part of my soft tooth was exposed. I came back today for it to be fixed. Gave me novacane where I was actually numb! Was offered a blanket which was much needed on this cold day as well as many other luxurious pluses! Filling was completed as well as smoothing on a nother tooth previously messed up, no pain at all! A few hours later after a nap to wear off the novacane and I'm eating again! I couldn't be happier with my care here!"- E.R. / Facebook / Dec 30, 2017
Best Candidates for Root Canals
An infection in the pulp of your tooth can be the result of a deep crack or cavity in the tooth or a physical injury. Some of the most common signs that you may have an infection are tooth pain, temperature sensitivity, swollen and discolored gums, a pimple-like bump on the gums, and discoloration of the affected tooth. If the infection is not addressed, it may become increasingly painful as the infection spreads to other parts of your mouth. Schedule an appointment at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics right away if you feel or notice any changes in your mouth. Root canals are generally comfortable procedures, thanks to local anesthetics and advancements in technology. However, if you have fears or reservations about going to the dentist, please ask us about sedation dentistry to help you remain calm and at ease during your dental appointments.
The Treatment Process
Before the procedure, we will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with you. We do not want you to feel fearful, anxious, or on edge while you are at our office. Many patients ask for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation for a root canal. Each member of our team empathizes with those who have dental phobias and will try to help you make the appropriate decision on how to proceed.
During an endodontic procedure, we will numb the tooth and may place a protective covering around the area. A small opening will be made at the top of your tooth so that we can gain access to the innermost part of your tooth and carefully extract the infected pulp. From there, the inner chamber will be thoroughly cleaned, reshaped, and disinfected. The tooth will be filled with a special material to strengthen and protect it from further decay. A sedative filling will be placed and the tooth will be given time to heal.
Following Root Canal Therapy
Based on the method of sedation that was used, you may need to have an adult take you home following your appointment. Your mouth may feel tender or swollen, but these symptoms are generally minor and can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Once the area fully heals, we may recommend placing a custom dental crown to protect your tooth and restore normal function. During each of your routine dental cleaning and check-up visits, our team will continue to monitor the health of your tooth.
Are Root Canals Covered by Insurance?
Endodontic procedures, such as root canals, may be covered in part by dental insurance plans. Before beginning your procedure, our business staff can provide you with a complimentary benefits analysis and help you understand what your individual plan covers. For those who do not carry insurance or have out-of-pocket expenses, Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics is pleased to accept a multitude of convenient payment options, including flexible financing solutions.
Plan Your Procedure
Save Your Tooth With Prompt Care
Due to developments in the dental industry, a root canal can be an effective, comfortable procedure to treat and save an infected tooth. Our team at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics offers root canal treatment for Wyomissing and Reading, PA patients using skilled techniques and comforting sedation dentistry options. Get the prompt, personalized care you need for your smile and health! Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation and learn more about root canal treatment.
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