What is a root canal?

A root canal treatment addresses infection in the “pulp” of the tooth, the softer inner portion, where the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth are located. Unfortunately, this pulp of the tooth can be affected by a bacterial infection. This may occur due to a cavity creating an access point through which bacteria enters, or due to a break or chip in a tooth, or a cracked or damaged older filling. 

Once the infection enters the pulp, several symptoms appear, including a throbbing toothache, fever, swelling, or worse. A root canal treats this dangerous health condition and could save the tooth, so it doesn’t need to be extracted. The infected inner area is carefully removed, replaced with a special dental material, and in most cases, a custom dental crown placed over the tooth to maintain integrity and strength. 

What is the procedure? What should I expect?

A root canal treatment is necessary to avoid losing a tooth. If you are suffering from a toothache, the first step is an exam, X-rays, and may require a course of antibiotics. Once the infection is under control, your root canal procedure can begin. The procedure involves these steps:

  • The tooth is opened so the infected inner pulp of the tooth can be gently and thoroughly removed with specialized dental tools.
  • Once the damaged natural material is removed, the inner tooth root is filled with a rubber-like material to seal the area and protect it from further harm. 
  • A temporary filling may then be placed, or a same-day crown created, with our in-office CEREC system. Rather than needing another appointment to complete the process, you have the option of a same-day crown. The crown covers the tooth, creating a tight, impermeable seal, keeping the tooth sturdy, firmly in place, and functional.

What is the Complete Dentistry difference?

At Complete Dentistry, your root canal will be performed by a highly trained and experienced dentist who uses cutting edge technologies and techniques to make the treatment comfortable. Our doctors pursue constant continuing education to be able to keep up with the changing studies and advancements of dentistry, for the benefit of our patients.

We genuinely believe our patients deserve the most advanced treatments available worldwide, and to experience comfortable, painless dentistry – including when undergoing a root canal.

While other dental offices may be focused on profits at the bottom line, we put people first. We want to make it easy for families in our area to undergo root canal treatments in the comfort of our office, where they undergo a root canal, and all other dental treatments, at our beautiful dental office. We are proud to be one of the most trusted dental offices in the area, and for our many loyal patients who rely on us for top-level care and personalized service. We are equipped with cutting-edge technology and strive to provide world-class dental care to our patients, all with a smile.

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What is the recovery time after a root canal?

After your procedure is completed, the jaw and tooth may feel sensitive. Pain medication and antibiotics could be prescribed to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free. The recovery time is usually uneventful and not particularly painful, requiring only over the counter medication, if any. You can expect one to two days of minor sensitivity as the gums and teeth settle.

FAQRoot Canal

Is a root canal painful?

Will I need more than one appointment?

Why is a root canal better than an extraction?

Is a root canal painful?

When under the care of the professionals at Complete Dentistry, you will not experience pain or discomfort during your treatment – we care about our patients, and ensure they are completely comfortable, from start to finish.

Will I need more than one appointment?

Every patient is different. Some patients do not need a crown, and may require only a filling, while others need a crown to complete the process. We offer same-day CEREC crowns, as well as custom lab-created crowns, which require a second appointment. A temporary crown is placed while a custom lab-manufactured crown is made and placed, typically about two weeks later.

Why is a root canal better than an extraction?

If a tooth can be saved, it should be. When a tooth is extracted, the other teeth can shift, causing further dental problems, and loss of jawline bone density. If the tooth was visible, an extraction leads to obvious aesthetic issues. If the tooth is too damaged to repair with a root canal procedure, we also offer dental implants and other solutions to keep your smile bright and healthy.

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