Root Canal

Thoughts on Root Canal Treatment:

It is important to note that not all root canal treatments are failures and have infections. Many infected teeth are successfully treated with root canals and have functioned for years without infection.

Modern Cat Scans now can tell us which root canals are failing and then the patient can decide whether to retreat the tooth or to extract it. Extracting all root canal teeth has far-reaching consequences that may lead many to becoming dental cripples.

Each situation must be evaluated on an individual basis and a detailed discussion about the pros and cons of removing teeth is owed to each patient so that the patient has a clear understanding of the consequences of their choice. View our pdf with more information.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth.

Infection of the pulp can be caused by:

  • trauma to the tooth
  • deep decay
  • cracks and chips
  • or repeated dental procedures.

Symptoms of a Root Canal Can be Identified as:

  • Visible Injury or Swelling of the Tooth
  • Sensitivity to Temperature in the Tooth and Gums
  • Pain in the Tooth and Gums

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp.

This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.

This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.

If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.

We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort.

In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

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I can not express how thankful I am for finding Schwanekamp Dentistry. I have a systemic health issue that has caused a deterioration in my dental health this past year. The dentist and his staff were welcoming, friendly, and non-judgmental. I have grown very self concious about my teeth this past year. I have had two appointments so far for 4 fillings each time. While this is the most extensive dental work I've ever hard, it was the smoothest and most painless. In the past I have experienced extreme pain from white fillings with a different dentist. My severely decayed teeth look brand new! The dentist and his assistant did a fantastic job rebuilding and saving my teeth! The day after my dental work I was astounded when I was able to eat like normal, with no pain. He takes a lot of pride in his work and the techniques he used to rebuild my teeth, is like night and day compared to previous work I have had in my mouth. I'm so glad I switched dentists to Dr. Schwanekamp. I trust my dentist, I love the work he does, and I do not have anxiety about coming to the dentist anymore.

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I have had plenty of dental issues in my life. Very scared of dentists. Now that I come here, I actually enjoy the dentist! I am no longer afraid to come and am grateful for Dr. Schwanekamp. He is gentle and always making sure I’m ok during procedures. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

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Patient Review By Sharron H

As a nervous dental patient and fearing all procedures, due to bad experiences as a child, I have never had a dentist that works in this fashion. He takes all the time you need to go over whatever concerns you may have, speaks to you with genuine concern about your fears/anxieties and really listens. Dr. Schwanekamp is the first dentist who has actually been able to make me feel relaxed during lengthy procedures, he quietly and confidently assures you he can manage your procedure pain-free and does so each time. He has a lovely calm, quiet demeanor throughout procedures which helps to keep you at ease. He really appears to love his work and takes pride in all aspects of it, his attention to detail is notable. Dr. Schwanekamp and his staff are outstanding and I am thrilled to have found a fantastic new dentist.

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I have always had dental anxiety and generally don't like people in my "bubble" of personal space. I was having tooth pain and needed a restoration on my molar. Dr. Schwanekamp talked me through the whole thing and made me less nervous. Excellent care and calming atmosphere.

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