Overview of Root Canal Therapy
When detected soon enough, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling or a similar procedure to clean the enamel and seal the area. However, if the decay moves past the enamel and infects the inner pulp of the tooth, you may need a root canal. Also called an endodontic treatment, root canal therapy at 32nd Street Dental removes the decayed pulp from the tooth, disinfects the cavity, and then uses a filling material to seal the tooth. Led by Dr. Brett Cotham, our team of experienced dentists recommends a root canal to Joplin, MO men and women because it not only treats the infected tooth, but it prevents the decay from extending to other teeth (which creates additional complications).
If you think you need to have a root canal, we understand if you have reservations about undergoing the procedure. A root canal is a very common dental therapy, yet many people shy away from going to see a dentist for a toothache because of anxiety and fear. Our team tries very hard to keep you at ease and naturally relaxed, but we also offer sedation for any anxiety. Contact 32nd Street Dental to arrange a consultation with one of our talented dentists to learn more about sedation dentistry and root canals.
Root Canal Therapy Reviews
"Dr. Cotham AND StaffThe ABSOLUTE best dentistry I have ever gone TO! I have CALLED IN terrible pain two different times AND was able TO GET IN ASAP! I also had A ROOT canal done BY Dr. Cotham AND again it was the best experience! I love the staff AS well. They ARE so down TO earth AND professional! You can tell they love their jobs BY how happy AND caring they ARE! IF you’re lucky you will CATCH the Dr. singing TO the background music:)"- M.G. / RateABiz / Sep 01, 2019
"Great dentist!The staff IS ALWAYS so friendly AND makes sure you ARE comfortable. The atmosphere IS very relaxing! They ALWAYS remember my NAME AND ask how I have been doing. I love going TO my 6 MONTH CHECK ups. I had TO have A ROOT canal A few years ago AND the staff was so good AT explaining what was about TO happen AND Dr. Lewis was so caring."- S.L. / RateABiz / Dec 01, 2017
"Best dentist office I have ever been too!I absolutely love going TO this dental office. Everyone IS very professional, kind AND goes above AND beyond TO make you feel comfortable. I have received wonderful teeth cleanings AND had A ROOT canal performed AT this office. I give them two thumbs up every TIME!"- C. M / RateABiz / Dec 01, 2016
"I absolutely love going TO this dental office. Everyone IS very professional, kind AND goes above AND beyond TO make you feel comfortable. I have received wonderful teeth cleanings AND had A ROOT canal performed AT this office. I give them two thumbs up every TIME!"- S.P. / RateABiz / Dec 01, 2016
"Very friendly AND professional, awesome Dentist AND CrewI ALWAYS leave WITH a smile ON my face. I love every single MEMBER OF staff. They treat me LIKE family AND WITH care. Even WHEN I had my ROOT canal I still LEFT feeling happy. Theyre an awesome lot. I recommend them to anyone and everyone."- C.Z. / RateABiz / Dec 01, 2016
Best Candidates for Root Canal Therapy
An infection in the pulp of a tooth might be caused by a severe crack or deep cavity in the tooth or a physical trauma. Common signs that you might have a tooth infection are tooth or jaw pain, swelling or discoloration of the gums around the tooth, and changes in the color of the tooth. If the infected pulp is not treated, the pain and swelling will increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the mouth. Schedule an appointment at 32nd Street Dental at your earliest convenience if you notice something abnormal in your mouth. If you have anxieties or reservations about visiting the dentist, please ask us about sedation options to keep you calm and comfortable during your dental treatments.
What To Expect from Root Canal Therapy
Before the procedure, you will discuss your sedation and/or anesthetic options with one of our dentists. We want you to feel at ease and relaxed while you are at our office. Several patients opt for nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) or oral-conscious sedation to undergo a root canal. Our team understands and empathizes with those who have dental phobias, and we will help you make the best decision for your sedation needs.
During an endodontic procedure, we will assess the inner chamber of your tooth and carefully extract the affected pulp. Next, the inside of the empty chamber will be meticulously sterilized to remove remaining debris. To conclude the procedure, the tooth will be filled with a special material to seal and protect it.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
Depending on the type of sedation that was used, you may need to have a responsible adult take you home after your appointment. Your mouth may feel sensitive or swollen, but these symptoms are minor and can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. We ask that you arrange for a checkup six months after your root canal. Our team will check to determine if the infection has been controlled and that your mouth has healed. After that, you should continue to schedule annual dental exams and bi-annual cleanings to maintain your dental health.
Insurance Coverage for Root Canal Therapy
During your consult, our team will discuss cost estimates so your treatment fits both your needs and budget. If you currently have dental insurance, we can speak with your carrier to determine your coverage. If you don't have dental insurance, 32nd Street Dental accepts a number of payment methods and can help you find low-interest medical financing.
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Root Canal Therapy
Thanks to developments in the medical industry, root canal therapy can be a fast, easy way to treat an infected tooth. Along with different levels of sedation, your root canal at 32nd Street Dental can be comfortable and save you from tooth pain or more invasive procedures. Contact our team in Joplin, MO to arrange a consultation with one of our seasoned dentists for more information on root canal therapy and other ways to improve your dental health.