Posts for tag: root canal

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
May 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  
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If there was an “Unsung Hero” award for dental procedures, the root canal treatment would win hands-down. Much aligned in popular culture, today’s root canal treatment is actually a valuable tool for saving teeth that would otherwise be lost. And contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments don’t cause pain — they relieve it.

To help you understand its true worth, here are some common questions and answers about the root canal treatment.

What problem does a root canal treatment fix?
A root canal treatment stops a bacterial infection that has invaded the innermost part of a tooth — the pulp — and is advancing toward the end of the root through small passageways known as root canals. Most people first notice the problem as a sharp pain in the affected tooth that may suddenly dissipate in a few days. The infection has attacked the inner pulp tissue, rich in nerve fibers; when the nerve fibers die they stop sending pain signals. The infection, however, hasn’t died: as it advances, you may then begin to experience pain when you bite down or when you encounter hot foods. You may also notice tenderness and swelling in nearby gums.

How does the procedure stop the infection?
A root canal treatment removes all the infected or dead tissue and cleanses the pulp chamber. We enter the pulp chamber through a small access hole created in the tooth’s biting surface. After tissue removal, we then “shape” and prepare the empty chamber and root canals (often with the aid of microscopic equipment) to be filled with a special filling. After filling, the tooth is then sealed to prevent re-infection (most often, we need to install a permanent crown at a subsequent visit for maximum protection).

How much pain can I expect during and after the procedure?
During the procedure, none — the tooth and surrounding gums are fully anesthetized before we begin the procedure. Afterward, you may experience mild discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen.

What’s the ultimate value for a root canal treatment?
The procedure can save a tooth severely damaged by the infection. Even covered by an artificial crown, a living tooth continuing to exist and function normally within the mouth is usually more conducive for optimum oral health than an artificial tooth replacement.

If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Concerns About Root Canal Treatment.”

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Find out why root canal treatment is often necessary for the health of your teeth.root canal

We know that most people hear “root canal” and immediately envision a horror story scenario. Relax! Our Marion, AR, dentist, Dr. Wayne Cook, is here to tell you that there is really nothing scary about getting a root canal. Besides the fact that they are necessary if you want to preserve an infected tooth they are also no more invasive than getting a cavity filled.

What is a root canal?

This procedure is designed to preserve and protect a tooth from further damage from decay, trauma (e.g. crack; fracture), or an infection. A root canal itself refers to the inside or center of the tooth. Within the “root canal” is a soft structure known as a dental pulp. A dental pulp is made up of nerves, which is why a toothache is often the first sign that the dental pulp has become infected or inflamed.

What is the purpose of a root canal procedure?

This endodontic treatment is crucial if you want to preserve your natural tooth. Those who wait to seek treatment from our Marion emergency dentist or don’t seek treatment at all run the risk of losing the tooth altogether. Getting a root canal can prevent the need for a tooth extraction.

Of course, once bacteria has entered the inside of the tooth and affected the health of the pulp, the only course of action is to remove the infected pulp and to clean out the tooth so the bacteria doesn’t spread to neighboring teeth or bone. Luckily, your tooth doesn’t need the dental pulp in order to survive. If the tooth isn’t treated it could lead to an infection that could cause facial swelling, as well as tooth and bone loss.

What are the signs that I need a root canal?

It isn’t always obvious and not everyone experiences symptoms that will alert them to the fact that something is wrong. This is why even healthy individuals should come in twice a year for annual checkups. Even if you don’t think anything is wrong with your oral health we may find that decay, gum disease or an infection is actually present.

Common signs that you might need root canal therapy include:

  • A toothache
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity (particularly to hot or cold foods/drinks)
  • Tooth darkening (a sign that the roots of the tooth have died)
  • Gum swelling or tenderness surrounding the tooth
  • An abscess (a pimple-like growth) on the gums (a sign of infection)

Are you dealing with dental issues or symptoms? Do you want to find out if these symptoms warrant an immediate trip to our Marion, AR, dental office? Well, don’t hesitate to call us!

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A sore tooth is never a fun experience and a full-blown toothache can be enough to drive a person to desperation. However, your dentist can often put these painful situations to rest with a simple procedure called a root canal. Find out if a root canal can help preserve your tooth with Dr. Wayne Cook in Marion, AR.

Will a root canal help my tooth? 
If your tooth’s inner pulp and nerve have become compromised due to trauma or decay, you can probably benefit from a root canal. A root canal will clean the damaged or decayed tissues from the inside of the tooth, ensuring none are left behind, then permanently refilling the new, hollow tooth with composite resin material. This important final filling step will renew your tooth’s stability and structure without compromising its outer shell, allowing you to keep your smile.

What can I expect during a root canal? 
The procedure for a root canal usually takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Though many people falsely believe a root canal is painful, your dentist will numb the area using local anesthesia to ensure you feel no discomfort or pain. Your Marion, AR, dentist will use special instruments to remove the inside tissues of the tooth and scrub the tooth itself clean. This prevents future dental issues by ensuring no decay remains after the procedure. Your dentist then uses composite resin materials to fill in the tooth and complete the procedure. Most root canals require a dental crown fit over the top of the tooth to help protect and stabilize it from further damage.

Root Canal Therapy and Crowns in Marion, AR
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped dental restoration which a dental laboratory customizes especially for your tooth. The crown will fit over your tooth and surround it on the sides and top. The crown serves to protect the tooth and further strengthen it against outside elements. Your dentist can help you better understand crowns and root canals during your next dental examination.

For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Cook in Marion, AR. Call (870) 739-8799 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cook today!

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
February 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental pain   root canal  

If you are experiencing dental pain then you may just need a root canal.

Perhaps you’ve never had a root canal before but chances are good you’ve heard of one. But before you panic don’t believe everything tooth painyou hear! Root canals get a bad rap but they are really just as simple as getting a tooth filled by your Marion family dentist Dr. Wayne Cook. Find out when it’s time to come into our office and why a root canal may be recommended.

Why is a root canal treatment needed?

Your Marion, AR dentist will recommend this endodontic treatment when the inside of the tooth, also known as the pulp, has become inflamed or infected. The tooth’s pulp is responsible for responding to temperature and pain. When inflammation or infection hits this inner structure of the tooth this will typically cause some pain and discomfort.

Dental trauma or severe decay is usually the cause of an inflamed or infected dental pulp.

What are the common symptoms of a root canal infection?

The symptoms will vary from person to person and will depend on the cause. Some standard signs of infection include:

  • Sharp, sudden and severe pain
  • Pain that appears when chewing or biting down
  • Dental pain that stays after eating hot or cold foods
  • Tenderness and/or swelling of the gums near the infected tooth

How will a root canal alleviate my dental pain?

The purpose of this treatment is to save your tooth and to prevent further damage. We will first administer a local anesthesia to reduce any procedural discomfort. Many people believe that root canals are painful but this is a common fallacy and actually quite the opposite. A root canal is designed to remove the infected dental pulp from the tooth to eliminate your pain.

Once inside the tooth we will remove the diseased tissue and then begin disinfecting the root canals. A special material is used to fill the canals to prevent further infection and then special adhesive cement is used to seal up the top of the tooth. Most of the time a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore full strength and resilience back into the tooth to prevent further damage.

Have questions about your upcoming procedure? Currently dealing with tooth pain? Then it’s definitely time you called our Marion dental office right away. We are here to ensure that you have a healthy smile for the long-term.



Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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