Thomas Family Dentistry

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

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If you are considering our Hermitage dental office for your family's dental care, we want you to feel confident and informed.

Choosing a dentist is a big decision, and having questions is completely natural.

Here are some of the most common questions we hear from patients. Please feel free to read them below. If you do not see yours listed, just give us a call or email us from our Contact Us Page.

Root Canals

Dental Anesthesia | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family Dentistry Most dental local anesthetics will wear off within a couple of hours. Generally, anesthesia will last one hour on the top and up to four hours on the bottom. If you must eat before your anesthesia wears off, choose something soft, avoid hot beverages and try to chew on the opposite side you had work done on!

If you're currently experiencing dental pain and have a waiting period until your next appointment, try this over the counter combination for relief- this cocktail has taken the place of opiods with great success and we're confident it will for you, too!

Alternate Every 3 Hours:

500-1,000mg Acetaminophen (extra strength Tylenol)

400mg Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)      

***Do not exceed limit of 6 Acetaminophen in 24 hours (3,000mg max)***


Researchers say this combination cocktail works better than prescribed opioids and are less likely to cause side effects. At Thomas Family Dentistry, we believe prescribed pain killers should be a last resort, and now with this OTC combination, we can reduce the frequency of opioid prescriptions without leaving our patients in pain!

Give this OTC cocktail combo a try, and we are confident that it will relieve your dental pain. 

Daily Max limit for ibuprofen- 3,200 mg per day

Daily max limit for acetaminophen- 3,000 mg per day

For most people, dental terminology isn't that important until you actually need it! If you are wondering about some of the most common dental terms you hear, we can help!

dental implant | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryWhat Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic devices designed to replace a missing tooth. They are the most convenient and lifelike way to complete your smile after tooth loss or an extraction.

Dental implants consist of three parts:

  • Dental implant post
  • Abutment
  • Crown                             

The post is the part of the dental implant that we surgically place in your bone. Your abutment will screw into the implant and provide a foundation for your dental crown. The crown is the part that looks like a tooth and the only part that others will see when you smile. We custom design these to match your natural teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A “root canal” actually refers to root canal therapy. It is the process of removing bacteria and infection from inside your tooth. A root canal can extend the life of your tooth by years – even decades.

Even though they sometimes get a bad reputation for hurting, it is actually the symptoms of the infection that cause pain, not the root canal therapy itself. We can relieve your pain with root canal therapy.

crowns | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryWhat Is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a restoration that protects your tooth from breaking. When a tooth is damaged, it is often at a greater risk for splitting or breaking off at the gumline. A dental crown looks like a tooth and covers your tooth structure to protect it.

We can create dental crowns out of a wide variety of materials to meet your needs. Most patients prefer a porcelain crown that looks just like a natural tooth!

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Are you in need of a crown, root canal or crown? Contact our office today to schedule your appointment. 



Image of the inside of a tooth | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryTreat Tooth Pain

Root canals have a bad reputation but it is actually the symptoms of the infection that cause the pain and not from the actual root canal itself.

Endodontic treatment (root canals) are performed when you are experiencing intense pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, decay or fracture that goes into the nerve of the tooth.

Prevent Pain, Swelling and Tooth Loss

Deep inside of your tooth is the root canal itself, which contains nerves and soft tissue. Infection, deep decay or damage to the nerve all indicate that the tooth needs endodontic treatment. If the infection is not treated, you will have continued pain, swelling, and even tooth loss.
When a root canal is performed the nerve and damage to your tooth is gently cleaned and removed. All of the necrotic tissue is removed with a series of small files graduating to larger ones in order to get it all. The tooth is then rinsed with a disinfecting solution and dried thoroughly before placing a plastic point to fill in the canal and seal the tooth off.

Root canals | Hermitage, PA | Thomas Family DentistryOften times, we may want to use an antibiotic to make sure the infection is under complete control.

It is then recommended to have a core build-up and crown done on the tooth, as once the live nerve has been removed from the tooth, the tooth becomes quite brittle. A dental crown is placed in order to strengthen and protect the tooth. 

Be sure to contact us today if you are experiencing any of the previously mentioned symptoms. It is always better to find the "root" of the issue sooner rather than later!

Pictured: Nerve of a tooth placed on a 2x2 guaze. 

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