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Root Canals Specialist

Dental After Hours

David Flynn, DDS

Dentist located in Bountiful, UT

Contrary to what you’ve been told by movies and TV shows, root canals aren’t that bad. They actually save you from having to extract an infected tooth and alleviate you of a great deal of pain. David Flynn, DDS, provides his patients with safe, gentle, and effective root canals at Dental After Hours in Bountiful, Utah. To learn more about how Dr. Flynn can improve your oral health with a root canal, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Root Canals Q & A

What is a root canal? 

A root canal is a procedure that treats infected tooth pulp. Your tooth pulp is the soft tissue inside your tooth that’s made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. When your pulp becomes infected, it gets inflamed and pinches the nerves, causing extreme pain.

A root canal procedure removes your infected tooth pulp to salvage and repair your tooth and prevent the infection from spreading to your jaw and surrounding teeth. 

Do I need a root canal?

Some of the signs that you might have an infected tooth that needs a root canal are:

  • Debilitating pain in your tooth
  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cold in your tooth
  • A tooth that’s turned a darker color
  • Pimple-like bumps on your gums around the tooth

If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to a number of serious health conditions, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Deterioration in your jawbone
  • Sepsis, or bacterial infection of your blood
  • Heart attack and stroke

If you think you have an infected tooth, schedule an appointment with Dental After Hours immediately. An infected tooth only becomes more painful the longer you wait, and delaying treatment increases the chance that you’ll lose the tooth or need to have it extracted.

What actually happens during a root canal?

Dr. Flynn begins your root canal procedure by taking an X-ray. This X-ray helps him to assess the extent of your infection and gives him a road map to guide the procedure. 

Next, Dr. Flynn administers a local anesthetic and puts a small sheet of rubber in your mouth that isolates the infected tooth and keeps it sterile.

After your tooth and mouth are prepped, Dr. Flynn drills a hole in the top of your tooth and removes the infected pulp using a series of small files. Since the pulp is dead or decayed, you won’t feel any of the removal.

Once Dr. Flynn has extracted all of the diseased pulp, he cleans the inside of your tooth with an antibacterial solution, seals your pulp chamber with a rubbery compound called gutta-percha, and closes up the hole in the top of your tooth with a filling. 

He ends the procedure by fitting you with a permanent crown that restores function and reinforces the strength of your tooth.

If you have an infected tooth, don’t delay getting a root canal. Schedule an appointment with Dental After Hours today by calling the office or booking a visit online.