Root Canals

Root Canals in Roanoke

Root canals have always gotten a bad rap, but in reality they can be done quickly, comfortably, and can save a tooth from being extracted. Root canal therapy may be needed when the pulp tissue has been damaged by decay, bacterial invasion, deep fillings, trauma or periodontal disease. In those cases, the pulp chamber is cleaned out, disinfected and filled in (similar to filling a cavity). Dr. Ramsey and Dr. Irby are proficient at performing root canals on all types of teeth. Our doctors emphasize keeping the patient comfortable throughout the procedure.

Does a root canal hurt?

No! Root canals are normally a painless procedure. Local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth. If a tooth is badly infected (e.g. when there is swelling and pain prior to the procedure) local anesthesia is not as effective. Your doctor will discuss this with you and may recommend an antibiotic for several days prior to beginning the root canal treatment.

Root canal and buildup treatment before and after. This tooth was treated for decay and infection.