Root Canals


A root canal may sound terrible, but it is one of the best ways for Dr. Wettstein to relieve the pain of a diseased or damaged tooth. And with today's technology, it rates as of the least painful procedures. We can help end your pain and get your smile back quickly in a comfortable procedure using the latest technology.

Endodontic Treatment

Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp (nerve) of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

Root canal therapy is the removal of the entire pulp throughout the root canal system (a tooth can have several roots and a canal or two within those roots), the cleaning and shaping of the canal system, and filling the canals with a polyester synthetic filling and a dental sealer.

With proper care, an endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.

When do I need a root canal?

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers
    • Discomfort when chewing or biting
      Dull ache or severe pain
      Discomfort that wakes you up at night
      Discomfort when chewing or biting

    If you answered yes to any of the above, you might need a root canal. Please call and schedule for an evaluation, then after our clinical exam and/or x-ray, we can make recommendations.

    Be aware not all teeth that are in need of root canal therapy will cause pain. It is possible to be pain-free and still need a root canal.

    Do root canals hurt?

    With modern techniques and varied local anesthetic solutions it is rare to have any sensation in the tooth during treatment. For the first few days after treatment, It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive to biting. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications in order to control normal post-treatment discomfort.

    Will it hurt afterward?

    In most cases the discomfort will subside dramatically within the first 24-48 hours. Any sensitivity to cold, hot or even breathing air "in" will be gone after your visit. Nevertheless, you may experience mild discomfort to pressure that could last for several days after treatment. Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory analgesics such as ibuprofen (aka Advil, Motrin), naproxen (aka Aleve) or aspirin (aka Excedrin) usually relieves this discomfort.

    The most common predictor of post-treatment pain is pre-treatment pain. If the tooth is already hurting the root canal procedure will remove the cause and allow healing to begin. During the first 72 - 96 hours we will prescribe an analgesic regimen that should allow you to begin healing pain-free.

    You may experience tenderness to touch, bite, tapping or chewing on the tooth. It is always best to chew on the other side until a permanent restoration replaces the temporary restoration.

    Why don't you just remove the bad tooth?

    Simply removing a diseased tooth seems like an easy solution, but it can lead to other problems. For instance, drifting of teeth, bite problems, TMJ discomfort, and the need to treat adjacent teeth that do not otherwise need dental treatment in order to restore the missing tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are - and they can be very effective - nothing is a good as your natural tooth.


    A crown covers a tooth to restore its normal shape and size. The cap is placed on teeth that have lost a lot of their structure-- dental crowns range from full porcelain to full metal.


    Dental bridges can preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy smile by bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge can be fixed or removable.

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Eat virtually anything plus implants help solve denture problems.


    Fillings are often used to care for cavities. Cavities are also known as dental decay and arise from lack of routine cleaning or constant contact with an acid environment, sugary foods, or soda drinks.


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