Root Canal Therapy in Joplin, MO

Consistent and severe tooth pain can indicate infection or another serious dental problem. When left untreated, tooth pain only tends to get worse. If you’re experiencing consistent or severe tooth pain, you may benefit from root canal therapy to restore and save your natural tooth. At ADC Dental Group, our team of skilled dentists can perform root canal therapy to help relieve your dental pain. Give our office a call to learn more or to schedule your visit with our team!

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What happens during root canal treatment?

During a root canal, Dr. Durling eliminates bacteria from the infected root canal to save and maintain your natural tooth. Typically, our team will provide a local anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable. After the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Durling will remove the pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, disinfect it and shape it to place a filling or dental crown to seal the area. By removing the infected pulp or soft tissue that nourishes the tooth, root canal therapy helps prevent further damage to the tooth and other infections!

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What can I eat after a root canal?

The chance of your treated tooth being sore or sensitive after a root canal treatment is likely. However, this sensation typically does not last long. It is recommended to wait until the anesthetic has worn off to eat. Typically, soft and room temperature foods are easy to chew and consume when adjusting after a root canal. Skip hard or sticky foods that can remove temporary crowns, fillings, or hurt the recently completed work.

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What are the alternatives to a root canal?

Patients who delay root canal therapy continue to experience unpleasant tooth pain or become limited on treatment options. Receiving root canal therapy as soon as possible can ease your discomfort and help you save your natural tooth. Depending on your situation, an alternative to root canal treatment may be a tooth extraction or a dental crown. When you visit our dental office, Dr. Durling will thoroughly examine your tooth to determine the best treatment option for you.

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