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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 13, 2020
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Root Canals  

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a helpful procedure that removes the infection from the inside of a tooth and eliminates the need to extract it. Although root canals have been around a long time, many of Dr. Selena Marchan's patients in Jacksonville, Florida still have questions and concerns when they find out they need one. Below are the answers to some questions that dentists are frequently asked about root canals.

Why do I need a root canal?

There are several reasons why your Jacksonville dentist might decide you need a root canal. The main one is that decay has progressed to the point of being too large or invasive to treat with a regular cavity filling. An injury to the tooth may have irreversibly damaged the tissues inside the tooth. Previous restorations may have failed and require a more substantial treatment to repair them. In any case, Dr. Marchan will do a thorough examination and take x-rays to determine the need for a root canal.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canals from your Jacksonville dentist start with anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. An opening is made on the outside of the tooth to access the inner tissues, which are essentially "cleaned out" to leave the tooth hollow. The space inside the tooth is then filled with a rubber material to stabilize it. To further protect your tooth, Dr. Marchan will apply a crown on top; these are tooth-shaped restorations that are hollowed out to fit on top of the treated tooth and seal it off from any more damage. A temporary crown may be necessary at first while a more permanent one is created.

Does a root canal hurt?

A lot of dental patients feel anxious when they hear that they need a root canal. For reasons we don't understand, the reputation of painful root canals continues to persist despite the fact that dental anesthesia, recovery, and the procedures themselves have evolved to be simple to heal and virtually painless. In fact, a root canal can be thought of as a large cavity filling; the process is similar and the same numbing techniques will be used. If you are still feeling uneasy about having a root canal, your Jacksonville family dentist can suggest some sedation options to help you relax during your appointment.

For all dental procedures and treatments with Dr. Selena Marchan, your family dentist in Jacksonville, Florida, contact our office at (904) 221-5678 to talk with one of our friendly scheduling staff members.


By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Would you know what to do if a dental emergency happened to you?

We know that a dental emergency was never something you thought you or your child would have to deal with, but unfortunately, it happens more often than we would like; however, it doesn’t have to be scary if you know what actions to take to protect your smile. From the office of our Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan, here are the most common dental emergencies and what you should do if they happen to you or someone you love,

A Toothache

That’s right, a simple toothache is considered a dental emergency. That’s because a toothache can be a sign of a cavity, infection or injury (e.g. cracked tooth). Unfortunately, this isn’t a problem that will fix itself so if someone in your family is dealing with a toothache it’s time to see our Jacksonville, FL, dentist right away. In the meantime,

  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to ease inflammation and pain
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Apply a topical anesthetic like Lidocaine to the gums around the tooth
  • Call our office

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma includes any injury to a tooth that results in problems such as chips, cracks and breaks, as well as dislodged or knocked out teeth. While the best thing you can do, especially for a knocked-out tooth, is to see your dentist immediately (we can often reattach the tooth if you come in within 30 minutes of the incident for treatment), here are some other tips to keep in mind,

  • If you are bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean compress to stop the bleeding.
  • If a permanent tooth is knocked out, find the tooth, rinse it in cold water (gently!) and then either try to place it back into the socket or hold it between the gums and your cheek and call our office.
  • Always handle a tooth by the crown. Never touch the roots!
  • If your tooth is chipped or cracked, it’s also important to collect the pieces and bring them with you to our office.

While COVID19 has put a stop to all non-essential, non-emergency dentistry it’s important to know that our Jacksonville, FL dentist is here for your family during true urgent and emergency medical needs. Call or text us at (904) 221-5678. In the meantime, stay safe and be well, and we will see you in May.