Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays. For more COVID related information click here.

Root Canal Procedure

We know that the thought of a root canal makes many people anxious. This procedure has quite the negative reputation, but it’s actually a simple, quick, and effective way to save your tooth. If you ever find yourself in need of a root canal to keep your smile healthy, visit us at Stono Dental Care. Dr. Game provides compassionate care with a gentle touch, and he’ll help you feel at ease throughout the entire procedure.

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What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a restorative dental treatment used to remove an infection from a diseased or injured tooth. Inside every tooth is a material known as the pulp, which contains nerves. This pulp can become infected for many different reasons from decay to physical trauma.

These are some of the symptoms you may experience if you need a root canal:

  • Painful toothache
  • Discoloration/darkening of tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness in gums
  • Tooth sensitivity

The root canal procedure is straightforward. Many people assume it’s a painful procedure, but it’s just as routine as getting a dental filling. We’ll numb the treatment area so you don’t feel discomfort. Then we’ll remove any infected pulp, fill the area, and seal the tooth. After the procedure, it’ll function just like your other teeth!

It used to be that having a tooth with a damaged nerve meant you would probably lose it or you would need to have it removed. With a routine root canal, we can help you keep your natural tooth.

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How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

How much a root canal costs depends on some different factors, such as where the infected tooth is and what condition it is in. For us to get you a more accurate estimate of costs, we’d have to see you in person to go over your case.

Know that Stono Dental Care offers flexible payment options, including financing through CareCredit℠ and Compassionate Finance. We also have an in-house savings plan that you can join to get 15% off treatments. Contact us to learn more!

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Senior and High-Risk Patient Hours 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays

Over the next few weeks, we will slowly start to reopen our practice. As most of you know, most dental problems get worse overtime, and we want to treat dental issues before they become bigger problems. We want to ensure our patients that we are taking COVID-19 (and all infectious diseases) seriously and are adding extra precautions to protect you and our team.

We are offering special hours and accommodations for our senior and high-risk patients:

  1. Special hours: We are reserving 9 AM – 11 AM on Mondays and Thursdays for our seniors and high-risk patients.
  2. Mobile check-in: There will be no need for you to come into the waiting area. When you arrive, text 843-779-9096 or call 843-203-5429 to let us know that you are here. We will come to your car, bring you in the side door, and take you directly into a treatment room.
  3. First in room: You will be the first patient using the treatment room in at least 36 hours, since we are not normally open on the weekends or Wednesdays.
  4. Paperwork: Any paperwork that you need to complete will be sent to you via email or text so that you can complete it on your own device. We will also allow you to complete the paperwork in the treatment room using paper or a disinfected iPad.
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  5. Mask: If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you to enter and exit the office. Our team will keep masks on when we are within 6 feet of you. Since we will be wearing masks, please forgive us if it makes communication harder and please know that we are still smiling underneath.
  6. Closed rooms: Each of our treatment rooms are closed with walls and doors and have their own air return vent. Closed rooms are very effective at keeping potential diseases from spreading from room-to-room.
  7. Check-out: The check-out process will be performed in the treatment rooms. After you are finished, you will leave the office through the side door and avoid the waiting area.
  8. Additional screenings: We will be screening all patients and team members for travel, symptoms associated with COVID-19, and contact with anyone showing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The temperatures of all patients and team members will be recorded.
  9. Mouth rinse: All patients will use a mouth rinse to destroy viruses and kill bacteria before treatment.
  10. Limit office traffic: We will require all non-essential families/friends to stay at home or wait in their vehicles during appointments.
  11. Infection control: We will continue our normal practice of following universal precautions, as we always do. This means after every patient, the room will be disinfected with chemicals that have been shown to be effective against the coronavirus in 30 seconds (Optim1), the instruments will be sterilized, and our team will continue to wear appropriate protective equipment such as mask and gloves.
  12. Addition cleaning: More frequent sanitation processes for the reception area and bathrooms.
  13. Suctions: As many of you know, we have always used special suctions. Not only do these suctions isolate the area being worked on and protect patient, they also prevent the spread of disease.
  14. Clean air: We have added additional air purification systems to our office.
  15. Stono Dental Care is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our patients and team. Thank you for your patience and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

    Take care,
    
Andy Game, DMD, MBA

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