Root Canals in Lewiston

“Root Canal” are two words you might not want to hear, but they don’t deserve the negative stigma that is associated with them. Over the years root canal procedures have evolved, and the stereotype of painful root canals couldn’t be further from the truth. Here at Joy Family Dentistry, we do our best to make sure every procedure we provide comes with least discomfort possible for all of our patients. If you need root canal services or are experiencing a painful toothache, we would be happy to set up an appointment with our dentist.

"It was my first time going to this practice as I was referred for a root canal. The staff was very pleasant. I saw Dr. Timothy Kim today and he was awesome. He and his assistant made sure that I was as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure explaining everything that he was doing as he went. I was a nervous but I was pleasantly surprised that it was more painfree than I thought a root canal would be. I will recommend this practice to others."
Ann H.

What Is a Root Canal Exactly?

A tooth consists of a few key parts. Above the gumline you will find the “crown” of the tooth, the crown is covered in a protective layer known as enamel and covers the dentin. Under the gums are the tooth’s roots. Within the roots are the tooth’s dental pulp which is filled with soft tissue, blood vessels and nerves. A root canal is the procedure of removing infected dental pulp and then filling the tooth similar to a dental filling. The core difference between a dental filling and a root canal is where the dental decay is located. Fillings occur when decay is limited to the section of tooth above the gumline, whereas root canals are necessary for the area below the gumline.

Why Do I Need A Root Canal?

A root canal procedure is recommended when a tooth is either damaged or infected. This is one reason that regular dental visits are highly recommended. It is rare for dental decay to begin below the gumline. In most cases, this is caused when decay spreads over time, so catching tooth decay early can help prevent the need for a root canal. Some of the common symptoms that might indicate that you need a root canal are:

  • Swollen, puffy, red, or bleeding gums
  • Toothache
  • Swelling around the face or throat
  • Temperature sensitivity in the teeth

Tooth Extraction

If left untreated, a tooth with extensive decay may no longer be salvageable via root canal. In those cases, it may be necessary to remove the tooth entirely. This is why it is very important to make regular visits to your dentist even as an adult.

Cosmetic/Restorative Dental Solutions

In the event that a tooth needs to be removed, the team at Joy Family Dentistry can provide a variety of options to help fill in the gap. Dental implants, dental bridges, and dental veneers are all effective ways to replace a tooth to both improve your smile and bite alignment.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

A root canal will usually require multiple trips to your dentist. At your first appointment, dental X-Rays will be taken to diagnose how damaged your dental pulp is. At your next visit you will be given a local anesthetic to ensure you feel no discomfort during the procedure. Your dentist will remove the diseased pulp and clean the pulp chamber. You may then receive a temporary crown for that tooth which can be replaced by permanent crown later on.

Schedule An Appointment in Lewiston

If you are experiencing any dental pain or problems, we highly recommend that you make a dental appointment. Even if the pain subsides, any dental pain may be a signal of an underlying issue, and it is always best to address issues quickly than to let them continue to grow. If you would like to make an appointment for yourself or a family member, please click below.

Real Clients, Real Stories

Highly recommend! Everyone at Joy Dentistry is amazingly competent, friendly, kind & caring. Michelle is an excellent hygienist – Dr. Shim has the ability to put me at ease & not fear dental procedures!

Kathleen M



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