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Root Canal Treatment – Fort Smith, AR

Keep Your Natural Teeth with Safe Root Canals

woman holding her cheek in pain before root canal treatment in Fort Smith

Are you struggling with a painful toothache? Is one of your teeth cracked or severely discolored? Do you have a pimple-like bump on your gums? If so, then you might need root canal treatment in Fort Smith. Don’t worry – although this procedure has a scary reputation, it’s actually completely painless! In fact, our talented dentist , Dr. Lopez, uses this emergency dentistry service to alleviate pain, not cause it. If you have any questions for our team, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us directly or read on to learn more on the topic.

Why Choose New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS for Root Canal Treatment?

  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry Available
  • Comfortable and Accommodating Dental Office
  • Friendly and Spanish-Speaking Team Members

Do I Need Root Canal Treatment?

woman getting dental treatment

Root canal therapy is performed by a dentist or an endodontist (root canal specialist) when decay or infection has killed the tooth, and its nerve has been affected. Since the symptoms of severe dental damage aren’t always apparent to the untrained eye, it’s important to keep an eye out for:

  • A blister or pimple-like bump on your gums
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold food and drinks
  • Severe toothaches
  • Pain when biting down
  • Red, swollen, or bleeding gums

If these, or any other abnormal dental symptoms arise, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team at New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS. From there, we can examine your tooth and determine if root canal treatment is needed.

The Root Canal Process 

Model of anatomy of tooth on desk next to dental mirror

If Dr. López determines that root canal treatment is necessary, then he’ll gently inject a local anesthetic, completely numbing the area surrounding the damaged tooth. Next, a sheet of rubber on a metal frame is used to separate the affected tooth from the rest of your teeth. Then, special dental tools are used to extract the pulp from the tooth and the inner portion is filled with medicines and filling materials. Lastly, a dental crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect it moving forward.

Note: You will usually experience some soreness once the numbing agent has worn off, which is one of the reasons we’ll provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. That could include everything from getting plenty of rest to taking medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

The Benefits of Getting a Root Canal

woman laying back in chair smiling at doctor

The fact that root canal treatment can save your tooth from needing to be extracted is substantial enough. However, that’s not the only benefit! It also eliminates the infection entirely, preventing it from spreading into the adjacent teeth. Furthermore, the restoration used to protect your treated tooth is crafted from dental materials that are durable and natural-looking. As a result, no unwanted attention will be brought to your smile following your appointment!

For more information on root canal therapy or the other services offered by New Smile Dental: Gilberto Lopez, DDS, please contact us.