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Restorative dentistry plays a vital role in maintaining oral and overall health. Our experienced team uses advanced techniques and technology to offer a comprehensive range of treatments.

Root canals are a core part of restorative dentistry.

Millions of teeth are saved annually through root canals, and our team can safely perform this procedure while minimizing pain.

Root Canals

Root canal therapy is a vital procedure for saving a tooth that is severely decayed or infected. A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes inflamed or infected pulp inside a tooth. After the removal, the tooth is cleaned and disinfected before filling and re-sealing.

This process relieves pain and prevents the spread of infection, preserving the tooth’s structure.

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth, and save the natural tooth.

Benefits of Root Canals

Root canals are crucial for maintaining dental health. Key benefits include:

  • Alleviation of severe tooth pain
  • Prevention of the spread of tooth infection
  • Preservation of natural teeth, avoiding extractions
  • Restoration of tooth function and appearance
  • Protection against bone degeneration related to tooth loss
  • Improved chewing
  • Maintenance of your bite

Why You May Need a Root Canal

The pulp inside your tooth is a soft tissue containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This pulp plays a crucial role in the tooth’s development, particularly in forming the root. However, once a tooth is fully grown, it can survive without the pulp because it receives nourishment from the surrounding tissues. If this pulp becomes infected or damaged, a root canal may be necessary to remove the affected tissue, saving the tooth and preventing further damage or infection.

The pulp inside a tooth can become damaged or infected due to several reasons:

  • Deep tooth decay, where cavities penetrate through the enamel and dentin
  • Repeated dental procedures
  • Chips or cracks in the tooth can also expose the pulp to bacteria, leading to infection
  • Injuries to the tooth

The Root Canal Procedure

Root canal procedures can be a comfortable experience. Modern techniques and anesthesia make root canal treatments relatively comfortable for most patients. Dentists use local anesthesia to numb the area being treated, ensuring that patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, advancements in technology and techniques have made root canal procedures faster and more efficient, further improving patient comfort.

If you are concerned about the procedure, there is no need to worry.

A root canal doesn’t have to be more painful than a regular dental visit; you will be given anesthesia during the procedure.

A root canal can usually be completely in one or two appointments.

Your team at Bettendorf Family Dental will review post root canal instructions with you to ensure your continued comfort as your tooth heals.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Root canals are needed for a cracked tooth from injury or genetics, a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling.

You may need a root canal for many reasons, such as a cracked tooth or deep cavity. While dentists can catch and diagnose a root canal treatment during a routine examination, you may be able to watch for signs.

Here are some signs that you may need a root canal

  • Severe pain during chewing
  • Difficulty biting
  • Visible disease or infection of gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Deep gum decay
  • Darkening of the gums

Learn More About Root Canals

From fillings and crowns to more complex procedures like bridges and implants, we customize each treatment plan to meet your unique needs and ensure your comfort.

Trust us to restore your smile’s strength and brilliance, enhancing both your oral health and overall well-being.

Are root canals safe?
Yes, root canals are medically considered safe and are a common dental procedure. They are performed to treat teeth that are severely decayed or infected. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it, and then filling and sealing it. The main purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth and prevent the need for extraction.

Modern techniques and anesthetics make root canals relatively comfortable and effective, with a high success rate. As with any medical procedure, there can be risks, but they are minimal when performed by an experienced dental professional. The benefits outweigh any risks for most patients. We offer safe root canals that you can trust at Bettendorf Family Dental.

How long does it take to recover from a root canal after the procedure?
Usually, you will be numb for a matter of hours following a root canal procedure. Patients generally return to work, school, or other activities right after the appointment. Like other dental procedures, avoiding eating until numbness is a good idea. Don’t worry about a root canal procedure removing you from your busy schedule. At Bettendorf Family Dental, you’ll be right back on your feet.
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