Root Canal Therapy
in Wynne, AR

An infected tooth from a persisting dental problem, tooth decay, or injury won’t heal on its own. To prevent tooth loss, the infection will need to be removed with a root canal. While root canal therapy may seem intimidating, our modern technology and Dr. Toland’s expertise make the root canal procedure minimally invasive and effective. If you suspect you have an infected tooth, call our dental office to schedule an appointment for root canal therapy in Wynne, AR!

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What is a root canal?

When a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread to its center. The center of the tooth is called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the area is infected, it can cause painful sensations and affect the surrounding teeth. Root canal therapy, or root canal treatment, is then performed to save the tooth from extraction and alleviate pain caused by infection or decay.

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What is the procedure for a root canal?

During a root canal procedure, Dr. Toland numbs the area around the tooth and creates a small hole in the tooth to remove the infected pulp. Once accessed, the dental pulp is removed, and Dr. Toland will clean and disinfect the root canal system, shape it for filling, and then seal it to prevent further infection. A dental crown may be placed to protect and strengthen the treated tooth.

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What is the difference between a root canal and a dental extraction?

It can be difficult to tell if a decayed or infected tooth can be saved. In the case it can be, root canal treatment is an effective option. In the case it can’t be, a dental extraction can help quickly ease the discomfort. While both can treat a decayed or infected tooth, the main difference between a root canal and a dental extraction is that a root canal aims to save the natural tooth, and a dental extraction involves completely removing the tooth. At Toland Dental, we can help you determine if you can benefit from root canal treatment to avoid the extraction of a natural tooth.

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