Root canals in Florence have gotten a scary reputation over the years, though it is largely undeserved. Even so, you’ll feel better if you have an experienced dentist perform your root canal procedure. Our associate Dr. J. Wade Nichols is an endodontist. This means he received specialized training after dental school with an emphasis on saving teeth damaged by infection or traumatic injury.Dr. J. Wade Nichols on Root Canals Read Transcript
Root canals and practicing endodontics is primarily doing root canals, but it's more than doing just root canals, it's making the correct diagnosis. I always tell folks that you can't do a good treatment unless you make the correct diagnosis, so we see facial pain that's non-endonogenic. That's what I think really differentiates an experienced endodontist over others that would be out there doing root canals because it's hard sometimes to realize that the pain that this person brings to you, even though they may consider it to be a tooth pain, is really caused by other sources.
You've got to differentiate those sources, and it's difficult sometimes. Root canals have gotten a bad reputation, I think, mostly because of the past when patients would have severe pain. There were poor treatment modalities, poor materials to treat, and they were done differently. I think today that patients will tell you that most root canals are a breeze, and if we get to them early, like most things, a stitch in time saves nine, and it can be quite enjoyable. It certainly should be painless.
I truly love my patients, and I think I can prove to a patient in the 30, 45 minutes or an hour that they give me that they will have received the best endodontic care that they could get anywhere.
In addition to Dr. Nichols’ experience, you’ll benefit from:
- Our use of 3D imaging and other advanced technology to plan and perform your procedure
- A choice of two kinds of sedation if you’re nervous or worried about discomfort
- Comforts like a neck pillow and blanket to help you relax
- Several methods for paying for your treatment, including interest-free payment plans
For a consultation with our endodontist, call Advanced Dental Center at 843-627-4076.
You Don’t Need to Worry About a Root Canal
Less than 3 percent of dentists are endodontists, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Thanks to his training and hands-on experience, Dr. Nichols uses the most up-to-date methods for root canal therapy.
If his expertise isn’t enough to calm your nerves, Dr. Nichols uses the latest dental technology to make an accurate diagnosis and better plan your procedure. For example, he uses our 3D imaging system to get a good look at the “canals” inside your teeth and identify any potential complications before your treatment begins.
Dr. Nichols will thoroughly numb your mouth prior to your root canal treatment, but he can also offer dental sedation to keep you calm and relaxed throughout the procedure. You can choose to take a sedative in the form of a prescription pill or have us administer the medication intravenously.
We offer other options for relieving stress, too:
- A neck massage from our certified massage therapist
- A complimentary bottle of water
- Cozy blankets
- A neck pillow
- Earbuds for your smartphone
Don’t be scared of root canals in Florence! Call Advanced Dental Center at 843-627-4076 to book an appointment with our endodontist. Our office is a short drive from the Magnolia Mall.