When dental pulp becomes infected, it has to be removed to save the tooth and restore health and comfort. Aided by Dr. Hinebaugh’s experience and modern technology, we offer root canal therapy that protects patient comfort while also providing relief from severe dental pain. Call us immediately if you have a toothache that’s causing significant pain or has lasted for over 48 hours. We will schedule an appointment for Dr. Hinebaugh to evaluate whether you could need a root canal.
Millions of root canals are performed every year. The procedure itself is similar to a standard filling for a cavity. If you’re anxious about root canal therapy, read answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below and get in touch for more information.
Dr. Hinebaugh will tell you more about the reason he is recommending root canal therapy for your tooth. Some of the common reasons endodontic therapy becomes necessary include:
The best way to avoid the need for a root canal is scheduling regular dental exams every six months. This allows you to identify dental problems early before they grow.
The complete process typically takes one or two appointments. The patient is numbed so that they will not experience discomfort during the procedure. The tooth is isolated from the rest of the mouth using a dental dam. A small entry hole is drilled in the tongue-facing side of the tooth or the bite surface. The pulp is then removed through the hole, and the root canal(s) filled. Once the tooth has healed, a crown is typically placed to restore and protect the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a false reputation for being especially uncomfortable. In reality, you will be numb and should not experience pain. We will do everything possible to ensure a positive experience. Anxious patients may benefit from sedation to feel calm during the procedure.
Those in need of a root canal may be in extreme pain prior to the procedure. After the tooth pulp is removed and the tooth heals, they will regain comfort and find relief from the infection-related symptoms.
Root canal therapy allows for you to return to normal – while keeping your tooth. A tooth that has undergone endodontic therapy can still be used to complete all your usual activities, including chewing and biting. Once it has healed, your tooth will feel normal. A crown will help restore the tooth and also hide any aesthetic changes that can occur after a root canal (the tooth can darken).
While traditional root canals rely on manual files to perform the procedure, Dr. Hinebaugh uses an electrically powered hand tool. This approach is known as “rotary endodontics.” Thanks to this device, he can accurately and thoroughly clean and shape the inside of your tooth. This approach is generally much faster and more comfortable than the traditional approach; also, most patients find that it leads to much less post-operative sensitivity. Plus, the flexibility of the device means there’s less risk of the tooth’s roots being damaged during treatment.
If you are in pain and suspect you may benefit from a root canal, don’t hold back due to anxiety. We will help you discover a healing procedure that restores your tooth to health and comfort to your daily life.