Joseph Barker: Root canals are something that we all hear dreaded things about root canals, but the technology is such now that we're able to really help people. We have advances in endodontic therapy, root canal therapy to where we're able to go in now and do it pretty efficiently. What we're doing is eliminating the infection in the tooth. And so that's where the pain comes from is either the tooth is broken into the nerve or there's decay into the nerve, or some type of trauma caused the nerve to reach a state where it's never going to repair itself and it's never going to heal and it causes discomfort to either biting or hot and cold or combination thereof.
Then the other way would be if the decay goes into the nerve, then it abscesses, and so these patients have a lot of swelling, a lot of pain. Root canals, once we get them on antibiotic therapy and get the infection down, we're still able to go in and clean out the nerve, the bad part of the tooth, and fill that with a material that's going to seal that off so that we know we've got it sealed all the way to the top. Then we're able to put a crown or a filling on the top of that depending on the tooth. And so they're able to go back to functioning normal like nothing ever happened.
Infection in your tooth can give you the kind of toothache that makes it tough to eat, sleep, or do just about anything else. Worse, it can lead to tooth loss and potentially spread to other areas of your body, where it can cause more serious health issues. With root canals in Searcy, Dr. Joseph Barker will remove the infection and relieve your pain.
In addition to pain relief, a root canal procedure will:
- Enable you to avoid tooth extraction
- Keep your tooth intact so you can avoid costly tooth replacement
- Keep you healthy by preventing infection from spreading
If you’re in pain and suspect you may need root canal therapy, call 501-299-9117 right away.
We’ll See You ASAP for an Infected Tooth or Other Dental Emergency
If you wake early in the morning with a throbbing toothache, you’ll want relief from pain as soon as possible. Fortunately, we reserve time in our daily schedule for dental emergencies. So we’ll likely be able to see you on the same day to resolve your painful situation. If you’re a patient of record, you’ll even be able to reach Dr. Barker outside regular business hours so he can advise you what to do. Our office opens at 7 a.m., so you can get relief early in your day.
A Root Canal Procedure Doesn’t Live Up to Its Painful Reputation
With an infected tooth, the infection must go. So you’ll need either root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. With either procedure, we use effective local anesthesia to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your treatment. If you’d like, you can also receive laughing gas (inhaled sedation).
Compared to an extraction, a root canal procedure:
- Keeps your tooth root intact. Stimulation from tooth roots keeps your bone from eroding.
- Won’t require stitches or suturing and results in a quicker recovery.
- Keeps other teeth from shifting out of place.
- Doesn’t involve bleeding, either during or after the procedure.
Root canals in Searcy don’t have to be scary! Call 501-299-9117 to schedule your procedure.