Root Canal

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth. Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

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July 10 and July 17, 9 am-2 pm

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    Well-Informed About Treatment Plan

    I appreciated how Dr. Barker showed my x-rays on a large monitor & explained what I was looking at. I felt informed & part of the treatment process. The administrative staff were also very helpful in explaining the costs of treatment and how my insurance would be contributing.

    - Jessica Y. 12/1/2017

    Excellent and easy visit

    Everything from beginning to end of this visit went smoothly. Scheduling was easy. The cleaning was thorough and efficient. Billing and insurance to get out the door was quick. I had not been to a dentist in years and I felt comfortable here.

    - Beck L. 12/6/2017

     Great service and professionalism

    Dr Barker provides high quality service with his thoroughness and knowledge. He explains things well to his patients and discusses any questions/concerns a patients may have. I can't say enough good things about him and his staff.

    - Naheed T. 12/12/2017