Root Canal Therapy in Columbia, SC

Are you dealing with severe tooth pain? At Bethea Family Dentistry in Columbia, SC, we offer gentle root canal therapy to help alleviate your pain and restore your smile’s health. Oftentimes, having a root canal performed can save you from needing a full tooth extraction. Call to schedule your visit with our root canal dentist in Columbia today!

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Root Canal Therapy Procedure

First, we’ll take a series of X-rays and use a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. Next, we’ll make a small opening in the crown of your tooth to give us access to the pulp. We’ll remove the infected pulp and thoroughly clean your root canal to prepare it for a filling. We will then seal off your tooth with a tooth-colored material called gutta-percha to help ward off future infections. If the structure of your tooth has been compromised, a dental crown may be placed over it to make it fully functional.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a root canal?

A root canal is simply the portion of a tooth that is filled with pulp. Root canal therapy is only necessary when the pulp becomes infected.

Does it hurt?

While it often has a reputation for being intimidating and painful, it is actually a fairly simple procedure. Through local anesthetics and relaxing amenities, our team does everything we can to keep you comfortable during your visit.

What is the post-op care after a root canal?

Many patients return to their normal routine the day after having root canal therapy. However, you may still feel a bit of discomfort or sensitivity for a few days. We recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers when necessary and eating soft foods.