Root Canals

Most people avoid talking to their dentist about tooth pain, because they’re worried the only answer will be one involving root canals. Fortunately, our Bridgeville, PA sedation dentist offers comfortable IV sedation and oral sedative options, so you can relax — or even feel like you’re sleeping — while getting endodontic treatment completed. Plus, we offer same day CEREC services, so that you can get a permanent new ceramic crown on the very same day as your sedation procedure. Surprisingly, root canals are meant to relieve pain, rather than cause it. Chronic toothaches and deep cavities affect the nerve inside of your tooth, which can cause hypersensitivity, swelling, or an abscess. Getting a root canal is typically the only option to save and preserve your tooth. The great part about overcoming your fear of root canals with sedation is that it stops tooth pain from recurring or spread of infection to adjacent teeth. When left untreated, dental abscesses can lead to complex problems or even require hospitalization (especially in children.)

You may need a root canal if you experience the following:

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Past trauma or injury
  • Abscess
  • Crack or deep cavity

What to Expect During Treatment

Root canals aren’t painful, but the infection that causes an infected tooth is. We’ll take extra steps to numb your tooth to keep you as comfortable as possible. Plus, you can request sedation if you would rather feel like napping through the entire process!

Teeth have anywhere from 1-3 roots. We’ll remove the nerve tissues inside of all of them and then medicate the hollow chamber that’s left behind to create a sterile environment.

A root canal is like a filling that goes through the hollow nerve chamber inside of your tooth. This process seals out bacteria to prevent a recurring infection.

Once a tooth has had a root canal, it’s no longer alive, which can make the enamel brittle and prone to wear. We offer same-day CEREC crowns to protect and maintain your bite’s natural function.

The Root Canal Myth

Most people have a belief that getting a root canal can be an excruciating experience. Quite the opposite is true! Our gentle root canals in Bridgeville, PA are meant to alleviate your pain and prevent it from coming back. As a highly-experienced sedation dentist, Dr. DiBartola has additional resources available to help you get the care you deserve.