Root canal therapy, often simply referred to as a root canal, is an endodontic procedure designed to save and restore a tooth that has been severely infected or damaged. The inner part of the tooth, known as the pulp, houses nerves and blood vessels, which can become infected due to decay, cracks or trauma. This infection, if left unchecked, can lead to severe pain, swelling and ultimately the loss of the tooth. Root canal therapy aims to prevent these outcomes by carefully removing the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning the internal space of the tooth and then sealing it to protect against future infections.

Our dentists may recommend a root canal to help you avoid having a tooth extracted and replaced. In most cases, root canal therapy is the preferred treatment option, as it allows you to continue using your natural teeth, thereby preventing jawbone degeneration and other issues related to tooth loss.

During the procedure, our dentists will numb the affected tooth with local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. A small opening is then made in the crown of the tooth to access the infected pulp. Specialized instruments are used to remove the pulp and shape the interior canals. After thorough cleaning and disinfection, the canals are filled with a biocompatible material to prevent reinfection. Finally, the tooth is sealed and capped with a crown to restore the tooth’s structure and function.

The thought of undergoing root canal therapy can cause apprehension in many patients, largely due to misconceptions about the procedure being excessively painful. However, with modern advancements in dental technology and anesthesia, root canal therapy is typically no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. Our dentists and team will take care to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure and will work with you afterwards to help you recover quickly.

To make your appointment with Dr. Randall Hestir, Dr. J. Doug Allen, Dr. John (Holt) Hestir or Dr. Catriona Oltmann and learn more about root canal therapy in DeWitt and Stuttgart, Arkansas, please contact our office and speak with a member of our team.

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