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Dear Patients,

COVID-19 is in the news everywhere, and we are closely monitoring the situation. We're reaching out to assure you that you are safe at Classic Smiles.

We already, as a daily practice, assure universal precautions as outlined by CDC and OSHA standards of infection control. Safety is always our number one focus. Our high standard of care ensures that your trust and safety are never compromised.

We will be available to see urgent care and emergency patients Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30pm during this Covid #19 Crisis. We will be available to see urgent care and emergency patients Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30pm during this Covid #19 Crisis. You should call us to make an appointment and also when you arrive at 407-293-3002. We will let you know when to come in. We will take your temperature upon arrival. If you have abnormal temperature you will not be seen.

If you or someone with you has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or has traveled internationally in the last 15 days, or know you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please return to your car and call us at 407-293-3002. DO NOT ENTER.

We are taking extended measures to further protect all our patients and team with the following additional protocols:
•  In compliance with the recommendations for public health, anyone with a cough or fever will not be allowed in the building and should stay home. We will be happy to reschedule your appointment for a later date. Team members temperatures are checked daily.
•  Before your appointment, you have the option to stay in your car instead of the waiting room until we're ready to seat you in your personal operatory. Simply call us when you arrive, and we will let you know when we're ready for you.
•  Upon entering Classic Smiles, we will take your temperature. Temperatures above normal will not be allowed in.
•  Additionally, we are requesting you sanitize your hands before entering the business area.

You can be assured safety measures at Classic Smiles will continue to evolve as more information develops.

Stay well, hydrate, eat nutritiously, and get plenty of sleep.

We look forward to serving you,

The team at Classic Smiles

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Root Canals

Here at Classic Smiles we can provide root canal treatments to save a badly decaying tooth or dental area. During the root canal, the nerve and pulp are withdrawn, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned and closed. Root canals are performed to prevent the tissue surrounding the tooth from getting infected and abscesses from forming.

When Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

Inside your tooth, underneath the layer of white enamel and the hard layer of dentin is pulp, a soft tissue. This pulp contains connective tissues, nerves, blood vessels and helps the root of your tooth grow. A fully-grown adult tooth can sustain and thrive without the pulp because the tooth will continue to be nourished by the surrounding tooth.

When the nerve or pulp in the tooth becomes damaged, the bacteria start to multiply within the tooth's chamber. These bacteria can cause an infected abscessed tooth. An abscess is a collection of pus that forms at the end of the roots of the mouth and is caused when the infection spreads past the root ends.

Other symptoms of an infection in the root canal are extreme pain during chewing or biting, pimples on the gums, lingering sensitivity to hot and cold and swollen or darkening of gums. It's not just tooth decay that can cause bacteria to invade the tooth, leaky fillings and traumatic damage to the teeth like a fall can also require a root canal.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

A root canal often requires multiple visits to our office. The first step of the procedure is to x-ray the infected dental area to determine the level of infection. You will often then receive numbing anesthesia to limit the pain, and it's not often necessary as the nerve is dead. Our dentist will then place a rubber dam around the tooth to keep the area dry and avoid saliva wetting it.

A hole will then be drilled into the tooth for access. The pulp, the bacteria, the affected nerve tissue, and any related debris are removed. This process is done using a series of files that are placed into the access hole and worked down, scraping and scrubbing the sides of the root canal. Water or sodium hypochlorite will be used to flush away any debris. Although root canal procedures are thought to be incredibly painful, many people claim it's as uncomfortable as getting a filling.

After the tooth has been cleaned it will be sealed. Our dentists may wait a week before sealing the tooth and place a temporary filling to keep out contaminants like food and saliva between appointments. Other times, our dentists will seal the tooth on the same it is cleaned out.

The tooth is filled and sealed with paste and a rubber compound (gutta percha). The last step may also involve further restorations of the tooth. A tooth that requires a root canal often also needs a crown or similar restoration placed to protect it, prevent it from baking and restoring it to its best. For more information about root canals, call the experienced professionals here at Classic Smiles at (407) 378-0139 today!
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