Root Canal Therapy

When you experience an infection or trauma to a tooth, we may recommend a root canal. We will be able to treat your condition right here in our Tuscaloosa, AL dental office.

Many of our patients express fear or concern about pain when it comes to having a root canal. However, the symptoms you feel are often the most painful part of the procedure. Because root canals eliminate your infection and promote healing, you should begin to improve soon after your treatment.

What Is a Root Canal?

When you experience an infection inside your tooth, it can cause painful inflammation and sensitivity. Dr. Mark Tickle diagnoses this condition by using digital x-rays and other testing to determine the cause of your pain. Other root canal symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Swelling near the infection site
  • Pain or pressure
  • A pimple-like lesion on your gums
  • Tooth discoloration

Without the option of root canal therapy, an extraction may be your only option. At Mark Tickle, DMD, Family, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry, we do everything possible to save your natural tooth because it is the best for your health – and often your pocketbook!

Your Root Canal Therapy Procedure

Dr. Tickle always makes sure our patients feel completely comfortable prior to beginning any treatment by applying local anesthetic. He will access the inner canals of your tooth by making a small hole in your enamel. Next, he will remove any infection or diseased tissue using a method called rotary endodontics

Rotary endodontics utilizes a superior method for cleaning out the chambers that house your pulp and nerve. Because it uses a highly flexible, thin tip, it reduces the chance of damaging the fragile interior of your tooth. It is also a quieter and more comfortable method to clean out the infection in your tooth. Because of this advanced technology, your procedure will be comfortable and you can enjoy increased success when it comes to treatment.

Once Dr. Tickle removes the infection, he will sterilize the area, fill it, and seal it with a temporary restoration while you heal.

Root Canal Therapy and Dental Restorations

You might be surprised to learn that your tooth is more brittle after a root canal. We may recommend a dental crown to protect a fragile tooth. Chewing requires extreme force and can result in broken or split teeth following a root canal unless we protect these teeth with a crown. We create custom porcelain crowns in our office that look and feel great. With a root canal and the appropriate restoration, we can extend the life of your tooth by decades.

Do You Have Tooth Pain?

Call us today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Mark Tickle. Our entire team is completely committed to the health and longevity of your smile.