Root Canals Specialist

Corry R. Lanyon, DDS

Dentist & Comprehensive, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry located in Butler, MO

At Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, located in Butler, Missouri, the main goal of the dentist and staff is to help you obtain excellent oral health and keep your natural teeth as healthy as can be. If you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth that can still be saved, the dental staff might recommend you undergo a root canal to repair and save your tooth. To inquire more about root canals, call the office today or schedule your appointment online.

Root Canal Q & A

What’s a root canal? 

A root canal is performed as a last option to repair and save a badly decayed or damaged tooth. Inside your tooth, you have a pulp chamber containing nerves and blood vessels. If the chamber becomes infected because of poor oral hygiene or dental trauma, your dentist performs a root canal to stop the bacteria from spreading and save your tooth. 

While you’ll likely experience pain as the most common symptoms associated with needing a root canal, it’s also important to be on alert and understand the other symptoms, including: 

  • Constant toothache
  • Swelling in your jaw
  • Bitter taste in your mouth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • Extreme discomfort around a specific tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums

The dental staff at Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, takes X-rays of your suspected infected tooth and the bone surrounding it to see if there is an infection. If there is, a root canal should be performed as soon as possible.

What can I expect during the process of getting a root canal?

The first step in a root canal is for your dentist to inject local anesthesia around your infected tooth to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Next, a tiny hole in your tooth is drilled to expose the pulp chamber so your provider can remove all the infected tissue. 

Once the inside of your tooth is disinfected, your dentist fills your pulp chamber and seals the tooth opening. Depending on your tooth's damage, your dentist may restore your tooth with inlays, fillings, or a crown.

The root canal procedure from beginning to end should take between 60-90 minutes. By taking care of your restored tooth, it can last a lifetime.

How did my tooth become infected?

The most common way bacteria enters your pulp chamber is due to poor dental hygiene, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Also, dental trauma like chips, cracks or breaks can let harmful bacteria into your tooth’s pulp chamber. 

Once the nerves and blood vessels within your pulp chamber become infected, it can cause terrible pain. If left untreated, you may lose your tooth.

A root canal improves your oral health and saves your natural tooth. To ensure your natural teeth don’t need to be extracted, call the staff at Dr. Corry Lanyon, DDS, or book your appointment online.