Root Canals

Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in Wichita, KS

A toothache could be a sign of a serious oral health problem. That’s why the dental experts at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group in Wichita, Kansas, offer same-day appointments for root canals, which can save your tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. Call the office today or use the online scheduler at the first sign of tooth pain or sensitivity.

Root Canals Q & A

What are root canals?

Root canals are restorative dental procedures in which your dentist removes part of the inside of your tooth, also known as its pulp, to prevent further decay. They clean the pulp chamber and fill it with dental materials to restore the tooth and prevent it from becoming loose, falling out, or requiring extraction.

What are signs I need a root canal?

It’s often difficult to know if you need a root canal, which is why visiting Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group for an evaluation is crucial. Signs you may need a root canal or other dental restoration procedure include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum swelling
  • Puss in your gums
  • A hole in your tooth
  • Discoloration
  • A toothache
  • A crack in your tooth

Seek treatment at the first sign of tooth decay or discomfort to increase your chance of effective tooth restoration.

Is a root canal right for me?

Your dentist lets you know if you’re a good candidate for a root canal after reviewing your medical and dental history, examining your tooth, and taking dental X-rays. If you have severe tooth decay or an infected tooth, a root canal might be necessary. In other cases, your dentist may recommend a filling, crown, inlay, onlay, or tooth extraction with a bridge or dental implant.

What happens during a root canal?

Your Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group dentist numbs the treatment area while you relax in a comfortable dental chair. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure. They make a small opening in the top part of your tooth and clean out the inside of your tooth’s pulp. Your dentist cleans and disinfects the pulp chamber, and fills it with dental materials to restore it.

They place a filling over the top of your tooth to seal it shut and often scan your tooth so technicians in a dental lab can create a custom-fit, tooth-colored crown. When the crown is ready, your Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group dentist places it over your newly restored tooth to protect and strengthen it.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After a root canal, you can resume a normal routine, but you might experience tenderness or sensitivity for a few days. Take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed and call your dentist if you experience worsening pain or your crown becomes loose.

Brush your teeth twice daily and see the experts at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group every 3-6 months for routine exams and dental cleanings.

Don’t let tooth pain progress to a serious oral health complication. Schedule an appointment at Wakim Cosmetic and Family Dental Group over the phone or online at the first sign of a toothache.