If detected early on, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay spreads past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you will likely need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at Dr. Sangiv Patel's private practice removes the damaged pulp from the tooth, sanitizes the cavity, and then uses a filling or restorative material to seal the tooth. Experienced dentist Dr. Patel recommends this therapy to Melbourne, FL individuals because it both treats the infected tooth and prevents the decay from moving to other teeth, which often creates a larger issue.
We understand that some may reservations about the procedure if they think they are a candidate for root canal therapy. Although root canal therapy is a very common dental procedure, many people often avoid going to see a dentist because of common dental fears despite their level of discomfort. Dr. Patel and his team make their best effort to help you feel comfortable and at ease in their care, even offering a number of sedation options for those who experience anxiety. Contact our office, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA, to set up a consultation with Dr. Patel and learn more about root canal therapy.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Best dental experience possible. I had a tooth break and they were able to get me right in. I had a root canal on a molar the same day as my appointment on the last bussiness day before Christmas. Very high-tech equipment and friendly staff. They were able to work out a reasonable plan of action to fix my smile, all while fitting it in to my budget."- M.Y. / Google / Feb 19, 2014
"Had a root canal done about a month ago by Dr. Patel. I've never had any mouth work done before so I was pretty nervous going in. The staff is super friendly and helpful which made me less nervous. The procedure itself wasn't bad and there wasn't an ounce of pain the following days. Dr. Patel is a highly talented dentist. Just look-up his name to see the numerous wonderful things he has done for people. The pricing was a tad bit high, but honestly, having one of the best dentists in all of the country makes it worth the price."- S.K. / Google / Feb 19, 2017
"Dr. Patel is THE BEST!!I had root canal & crown -- Dr Patel did exam and clearly explained to me what was going on. He is meticulous in his procedures; has up to date equipment; and, I swear "Professional" has to be his middle name. I highly recommend Dr. Patel."- K.L. / Demandforce / Aug 16, 2012
"Dr. Patel is empathetic towards my apprehension about dental work. I like the fact that Dr. Patel does everything in his office instead of having to go to different specialists for a root canal or a crown."- E.C. / Demandforce / Jul 26, 2011
"I had an emergency with great pain and Dr. Patel and his staff saw me immediately on a Friday afternoon and gave me an immediate root canal and removed my pain. A rare doctors office experience! Nice staff and Dr. Patel has an excellent client manner. Thank you Dr. Patel and your staff!"- K.R. / Demandforce / Dec 03, 2011
An infection in the pulp of a tooth can be caused by a cavity, a deep crack in the tooth, or a physical trauma. The most obvious symptoms of an infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, changes in the color of the tooth, or sensitivity to consuming hot or cold foods. If the infection is not addressed, the infection will spread, potentially causing you even more pain. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Patel's private practice right away if you feel or notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have reservations about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental appointments, and trust your oral health to our compassionate care and expertise.
What To Expect
Dr. Patel will discuss the procedure with you beforehand. We want all of our patients to feel at ease and relaxed while in our care so we will provide nitrous oxide in addition to the local anesthesia if requested. Dr. Patel is very sympathetic about dental anxieties, and he will assist you in making all necessary decisions regarding your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, Dr. Patel will assess the inner chamber of your tooth, remove the decayed pulp, and shape the tooth chamber utilizing his laser-assisted technology. Afterward, the inside of the empty chamber will be carefully sterilized to remove any remaining decay. To finalize the therapy, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect the enamel.
Following your treatment, you will be able to drive home (unless given powerful sedation), and you should feel comfortable enough to continue on with your daily routine. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen following the procedure, but these are normal symptoms and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We recommend that you set up a follow-up six months after your root canal in which Dr. Patel will check to make sure that the infection has been eradicated and that your mouth has healed completely. Even after your root canal procedure, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
At your consultation, Dr. Patel will give you cost estimates so that your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently carry dental insurance, we can contact your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, our office, Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA, accepts several payment methods and may be able to help you find low-interest medical financing if necessary.
Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to advancements in the dental industry, root canals can be a fast, easy procedure to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at Dr. Patel's private practice can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our staff in Melbourne, FL to set up a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Patel. Get more information about root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.