Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)

If you have a persistent toothache, you may need a root canal if your tooth’s nerve has been affected — but with our state-of-the-art rotary system and advanced canal sealant, Thermafil®, root canals are painless.

How do you know if you need a root canal? Do you have a tooth that is constantly giving you trouble? Do you have severe pain when you bite down on something? Is your tooth sensitive to hot or cold? Do you have swelling or tenderness, or do you have a bump on the gums near a tooth?

If you answered yes to any of these, it sounds like you may need a Root Canal.

Root canals have always had a reputation for being painful. With the exception of extreme cases, this is no longer the case. With advanced dental technologies the dentists at Waldron Family Smile Center have made a root canal procedure as stress- and pain-free as possible. Before root canal therapy the only option for a bad tooth was to remove it.

What is a Root Canal?

The “root canal” is actually the words used to describe the hollow space in the center of the tooth where the nerve lives. When the nerve in the tooth becomes infected from tooth decay the nerve begins to die. The infection creates an abscess that can become very painful. An evaluation of the tooth and an X-ray will determine if a root canal is necessary. The root canal procedure removes the nerve and the infected material from the inside of the tooth. Once the inside is cleaned and properly shaped, it is filled and sealed up with a specialized rubber material. Then the tooth is protected wit a post and a crown that will save the tooth and avoid the need to remove it.

Not sure if you need a Root Canal? Call our office today or contact us to set up a free consultation and find out if you do.