Root Canals

Root canal treatment is a vital procedure for saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed. At Willow Dental, we specialize in performing pain-free root canals that not only relieve tooth pain but also preserve the health and functionality of your tooth.

Root Canals in New Berlin, WI

A root canal treatment is often necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. This can result from deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Symptoms might include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. Our procedure aims to eliminate the infection and protect the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion, preserving your natural tooth and restoring your oral health.

Our expert dentists use advanced techniques and offer various dental sedation options to ensure your comfort and the long-term success of your treatment.

Model of a root canal
  • What is a root canal?

    A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.


  • How is root canal treatment performed?

    Root canal treatment involves several steps, typically requiring one or more visits to the dentist. The process includes numbing the area around the tooth to prevent pain, then placing a dental dam to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.

    The dentist then drills an access hole into the tooth to remove the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris. The tooth is then thoroughly cleaned and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. If more than one visit is required, a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between treatments.


  • How long does the pain from a root canal last?

    Many people believe that root canal treatments are extremely painful. In reality, the discomfort experienced during a root canal is generally comparable to that of a routine filling. Dentists administer anesthesia or sedation prior to the procedure, ensuring that there is minimal discomfort during and shortly after the treatment.

    Any discomfort or pain typically peaks within the first 48-72 hours after the procedure and gradually subsides. Most patients can manage the pain with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. If severe pain persists beyond a few days, it’s important to contact your dentist, as this may be a sign of complications.


More Questions?

If you have more questions about root canal treatment, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.

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New Berlin, WI 53151
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