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If you are not 100% happy with your smile, contact Chesterfiled Family Dental today to schedule a consultation so we can help you onto the right path to the smile you want!

Root Canal FAQs

Root canal therapy is an endodontics procedure that is used to treat damaged or infected pulp (the “nerve” inside the tooth). This damage is common when teeth have previously had cavities or other trauma like being chipped. A root canal removes any infection from the pulp, and then replaces the hollow core of the tooth root with a synthetic filling to keep the tooth strong. Many people hear the words “root canal” here in Springfield, and instantly start to run – however, this procedure does not have to be scary. Here are some root canal FAQs to put your mind at ease.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

The only way to know for sure if you need a root canal is for your dentist in Springfield to check for infected or damaged pulp. However, if you frequently have lingering sensitivity, a pain or discomfort during eating, pain that wakes you up, or a dull ache in your teeth, you may want to have an endodontics check up.

What Is the Root Canal Procedure?

After an X-ray to confirm the need for a root canal, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic. The tooth will be isolated with a rubber dam, and then a small hole will be made in the crown of the tooth. Instruments are used to clean out any infected pulp and bacteria, and then the synthetic filler is added. Finally, the hole is closed up with a temporary filling. Many dentists will later cap the tooth with a crown for more protection.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Modern root canals are performed under anesthesia, and you will not feel pain during root canal therapy. It is normal to experience sensitivity and a small amount of discomfort after the procedure, which should not last very long, and can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen.

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Did we answer your root canal FAQs? Learn more by contacting Chesterfield Family Dental at our Springfield office at 417-888-0771, or contact us online.

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I am always excited to go to the dentist now that I go to Chesterfield Family Dental. They always answer any questions I have and are so friendly and nice. I am always so comfortable here, which is saying alot because I have peridontal disease and the treatment for it doesn't always feel so great, but when Im here, the hygenist makes me forget all about it!
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Dr. Roger D. Buzbee

Dr. Roger D. Buzbee graduated from University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. He began in private practice as a Springfield dentist in 1988. In 2000 he began attending the Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Studies (LVI), where he became a full mouth graduate.

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