Root Canals

As long as there have been root canals, patients have dreaded root canals. It’s true that decades ago the procedure was a challenge for many people. But that was then, and a lot has changed with modern dentistry. 

Today, Dr. Darin Bateman performs comfortable root canals at our dental office with the aid of advanced technology and techniques. We don’t start your procedure until we know your mouth is numb and you won’t feel anything. If you need a little help to relax, we have sedation dentistry options we can customize to your needs. 

Root Canals Relieve Pain

If you ever had an infected root canal, what you probably remember the most is the pain. You’re in pain because there’s an infection developing inside your tooth. The only way to relieve the pain is with a root canal that eliminates the infection.

Your tooth is made up of a hard outer layer of enamel, and a softer layer beneath it called dentin. Running through the dentin is dental pulp that carries the blood supply and nerves that keep your tooth healthy and alive.

Once decay, infection or trauma reaches the pulp, the tooth becomes inflamed or infected, and you get a toothache. If we don’t perform a root canal, eventually our only option will be to extract the tooth to relieve your pain and protect your overall oral health. 

Signs You May Need a Root Canal

If you notice any of these symptoms, you may have an infected root canal: 

  • Intense pain that worsens over time
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discomfort when you bite down or touch the tooth
  • A raised bump or “pimple” on the gums
  • Tooth discoloration 

But be aware that there are cases where an infected tooth doesn’t show any symptoms. Routine dental checkups are important because if we detect a problem with a tooth, Dr. Bateman can take immediate steps to correct it before it causes you pain.

The Root Canal Procedure

Modern root canals are not a complicated or stressful process. Technology like digital x-rays allows Dr. Bateman to plan your treatment for a more straightforward procedure. When you have an experienced dentist, amenities like pillows and blankets, and soothing sedation options, you have the recipe for a comfortable, stress-free root canal procedure.

First Dr. Bateman will numb your tooth with a local anesthetic, and our patients tell us that his injections are the most comfortable they've ever had. This deadens the nerves in and around the tooth so you won’t feel anything. He makes a small opening in the tooth to access the interior and remove the infected material. The tooth is then disinfected, filled, and sealed.

While your tooth remains intact after the procedure, it is weaker. In most cases, Dr. Bateman will recommend a dental crown to strengthen the tooth and protect it. 

Do You Need a Root Canal?

If you think you might need root canal treatment, please call Eagle Mountain Family Dental. In many cases, we can see you the same day to relieve your discomfort and save your tooth.