Root Canal Procedures Performed in Wichita, KS

When you hear that you need a root canal, you’re probably less than thrilled. After all, people often tout root canal work as one of the worst dental procedures a person can undergo. But this simply isn’t true.

Advances in dental practices and technology have made the root canal procedure much less daunting than it has been in years past. A root canal allows you to keep a severely decayed tooth instead of having the dentist pull the tooth.

If you have severe dental pain or inflammation, a root canal procedure may be the solution you need. In the Wichita, KS, area, rely on R2 Center for Dentistry for root canal work.


What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal procedure cleans out infected and inflamed tissue inside a tooth in order to prevent further pain and decay. When you have an infected tooth, the nerves in the root become inflamed, making eating, drinking, and speaking painful.

During a root canal, the dentist will drill into the infected tooth to remove the infected and inflamed tissue. Then, the dentist fills the tooth with gutta-percha, a natural thermoplastic often used in dental work, in order to stabilize the root and not leave room for future infections.

An infected tooth is often weak, so in most cases, the dentist will put on a dental crown to cover a tooth that has had a root canal procedure.


What Happens Next?

Because dental technology has advanced so far, root canal therapy is often painless. With anesthetics during the procedure and pain medication afterward, most patients don’t feel any pain during or after the procedure.

Your dentist can help devise a plan for the procedure that keeps you comfortable and pain-free and can prescribe pain medications if necessary, but many patients need only over-the-counter painkillers.

If you think you could benefit from a root canal procedure, call R2 Center for Dentistry in Wichita, KS, at 316.684.8261.


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