Root Canal

Wedgewood Dental

Linda K. Westmoreland , DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Rolla, MO & Salem, MO

Men and women who learn they need a root canal often become anxious over the procedure in anticipation. Wedgewood Dental wants you to know a root canal doesn’t have to be an unpleasant, anxiety-inducing experience. Linda K. Westmoreland, DDS, at Wedgewood Dental does root canals on a daily basis in Rolla, Missouri. If you have any hesitations about getting a root canal, give the office a call or schedule an appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental procedure intended to remove oral discomfort and restore your tooth. If your tooth becomes severely infected from inside, Dr. Westmoreland at Wedgewood Dental removes the bacteria and any dying or dead tissue. Doing so lets her get rid of your pain and preserve your tooth.

What leads to an infection in the tooth root?

Roots and tissue inside your teeth can become infected with bacteria as a result of an injury to the tooth or from a cavity that is left untreated. The infected tissue can develop inside the pulp or root of your tooth if you neglect to go to the dentist. This can cause a host of other problems if the infection spreads any further, so be sure to seek treatment.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can become very painful relatively quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. You may experience these symptoms when you have an infected tooth:

  • Inflamed gums
  • Tooth soreness when eating and drinking
  • Acute tooth sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures
  • Bad breath
  • Pus coming from around the tooth
  • Painful aching in your jaw and mouth
  • Darkening color of the tooth
  • A small pimple-like bump on your gum

How is a root canal performed?

Dr. Westmoreland at Wedgewood Dental can usually fix your tooth within one or two visits. You may first require an X-ray to determine the extent of damage to the tooth needing the root canal.

When it's time for the procedure to begin, Dr. Westmoreland will apply a needle to anesthetize the area. If needed, she puts a small sheet of rubber, or dental dam, around the tooth to protect it and keep it clean during the procedure. After your tooth gets numbed, Dr. Westmoreland creates a tiny opening in your tooth to find and treat the area of infection in the root.

Then, Dr. Westmoreland takes away the damaged and unhealthy pulp using small files and sprays the area with water to remove debris. Ance all damaged substance is extracted, she will either place a temporary filling on your tooth or seal it for protection until you come back for your permanent crown.

Call Wedgewood Dental or book a consultation online if you have any symptoms or signs of a tooth infection.