How Can Root Canal Treatment Save Your Tooth?

By: Dr. Levi Evalt


At Dr. Levi Evalt Dental Excellence in Corry, PA, your dental health and comfort are our top priorities. When it comes to treating badly damaged or infected teeth, we often recommend root canal therapy as an approach to save the tooth from extraction.

Root canal treatment may seem intimidating, but Dr. Levi Evalt, an experienced root canal specialist, is here to help. If you're new to root canals, or if it's been some time since your last treatment, you may have a few questions. We want you to feel comfortable and informed, so keep reading to learn how a root canal may be the ideal solution to preserve your damaged tooth.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure performed to save a tooth that's badly decayed or infected. Rather than removing the tooth, Dr. Evalt cleans and disinfects the damaged area before filling and sealing it. This treatment not only helps preserve the natural tooth but also can prevent further infection and complications. With precise execution and attention to detail, Dr. Evalt ensures that the treated tooth is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to align with your overall oral health goals.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Tooth decay affects more than just one tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can impact both your dental and overall health, which is why it's important to seek treatment as early as possible. Some common signs you need a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache or pain during chewing
  • Extended sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums
  • Dark discoloration of the tooth
  • Pimple-like swelling on the gums

Do root canals hurt?

One common concern among patients is the question, "Do root canals hurt?" This misconception often stems from outdated information. With today's advanced techniques and local anesthesia, a root canal procedure at Dr. Levi Evalt Dental Excellence is typically as comfortable as receiving a standard filling. While you may feel mild discomfort after the procedure, this will pass and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Are there any alternatives to a root canal?

While root canals are often the preferred method for saving a damaged or infected tooth, there are alternatives. One such option is tooth extraction. Removing the tooth can sometimes be an appropriate solution, depending on the severity and location of the damage. However, tooth extractions can lead to future issues (like shifting in the mouth), which is why Dr. Evalt tries to preserve our patients' natural teeth as much as possible.

Trust your smile to a root canal specialist

Root canal therapy offers an opportunity to save your natural tooth, restoring its function and appearance. If you're worried about the procedure or wondering how to know if you need a root canal, rest assured that Dr. Levi Evalt Dental Excellence in Corry, PA, will guide you with compassion and expertise.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, swelling, or any other signs you need a root canal, reach out to schedule an appointment with Dr. Evalt and learn more about your options for maintaining a beautiful smile. Our commitment to your comfort and well-being means you're in expert hands every step of the way.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.