Root Canals

Stop toothaches and save your tooth at Smile Connections Family Dental.

Pain-Free Root Canals

It's possible to save a decaying tooth with root canal surgery.
An illustration of the damage inside a tooth in need of a root canal

Do you have a severely infected and sore tooth that requires attention but afraid root canals are too painful?

With the advancements in anesthesia and treatment techniques, the procedure can be completed quickly and comfortably.

The truth is, you’ll feel more pain living with tooth decay than you would during a root canal to fix the problem.

Here are signs you need a root canal:

  • Severe tooth pain upon pressure
  • Sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swelling of gums or tooth discoloration

Dr. James Volker and the team at Smile Connections use modern advanced technologies to treat a root canal painlessly.

Don’t let your toothache become tooth loss. Call today for an appointment!

How a Modern Approach Can Relieve Your Pain

Here are the benefits of getting a root canal at Smile Connections Family Dental.

Relieves Pain
Helps relieve the intense pain caused by an infected or damaged tooth.
Prevents Tooth Loss
Helps to save a severely damaged or infected tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
Prevents Infection
Removing the infected material prevents further infection and damage to your teeth and gums.

“Dr. Volker and his staff are amazing. I could not recommend them more highly. Everybody is so kind and welcoming and does a great job.”

– Michael C., 5-Star Google Review

Our Root Canal Procedure

Root canals with Smile Connections Family Dental are simpler than you think.

Man wearing a warm sweater and smiling after a root canal

A root canal procedure is a straightforward treatment that relieves toothaches and can save your tooth. If a tooth’s root is infected, a root canal is needed to clean out the area, remove the pulp in the tooth, disinfect it, and fill the spot.

  • Step 1: Evaluation & Planning

    After examining your tooth and X-ray to see the full extent of decay, we plan out the procedure. We’ll let you know exactly what to expect before your root canal procedure.

  • Step 2: The Procedure Process

    On the day of the root canal surgery, we apply numbing to the site and clean out the decay. The root canal and pulp chamber areas are cleaned and dried. Medication may be applied directly to clear up the infection if needed. If the infection has spread, antibiotics may be prescribed.

  • Step 3: Placing the Crown

    Once the infection is cleared up and dried, we fill the inside of the tooth with a safe compound and a dental filling. A crown (tooth cover) is placed on top to restore the tooth’s functionality. The crown looks and feels natural so that you can continue eating and speaking normally.

When a tooth has a deep cavity, decay, or crack, bacteria can enter the inside of the tooth and cause severe damage and pain – root canals fix this. If not completed in time, a tooth cannot be saved and may have to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant, which is more complicated and takes longer to heal.

Don’t settle for a life with a bad toothache and risk tooth loss; get a safe and pain-free root canal in Wichita, KS.

FAQ About Root Canals

  • Is a root canal painful?

    While most people think root canals are painful, they work to reduce your pain long-term. The infection and decay are actually more painful than the root canal procedure itself.

    We use numbing medicine so that you’ll feel minimal discomfort, and over-the-counter medication can ease any post-procedure discomfort.

    With anesthesia, a root canal isn’t any more uncomfortable than a regular dental filling or tooth removal. We know it doesn’t sound fun, but we promise it won’t hurt!

  • How long does a root canal take?

    The time of a root canal treatment depends on each patient and the severity of infection and decay. Most root canals take under an hour or up to 90 minutes. Typically, we complete them in one or two visits.

  • What happens during a root canal?

    During a root canal, the infected pulp inside the tooth is removed, and the tooth interior is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Once cleaned, the tooth is filled and sealed with a safe rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

    A filling and crown go on top of the treated tooth to protect the tooth and restore its functionality. Root canals are a safe procedure that can preserve your smile.

  • Are you awake during a root canal?

    You’re awake during a root canal, but we use anesthesia for a pain-free and comfortable procedure. Most patients report that root canals aren’t any worse than a regular filling.

  • What are the disadvantages of a root canal?

    Root canals have the power to save a tooth. But sometimes, a tooth can’t be saved, and a dental implant is required to replace the missing tooth.

    Root canals are safe and effective in removing bacteria, and the results last a long time, even a lifetime. A one-on-one consultation and an exam of your teeth will determine if a root canal is right for you.

    The real danger is ignoring signs of a tooth infection or decay. This can lead to serious health issues if the infection spreads. Schedule your consultation for a root canal at Smile Connections Family Dental in Wichita, KS.

Stop Pain and Preserve Your Smile with a Root Canal

Schedule a visit to see if a root canal can save your achy tooth.