Root Canals

Root canals, including emergency root canals, are an advanced specialty offered at the American Fork, Utah dentist offices of Murdock & Searle. Our endodontic specialists use the most advanced root canal technology to restore painful or damaged teeth for a result that looks and feels amazing.

Murdock & Searle offers the benefit of general, restorative, and advanced endotontic dentistry services, so you can receive all of your dental care under one roof, from your trusted family dentists Dr. Murdock and Dr. Searle.

Root canal basics

A root canal is the removal of the pulp and nerves inside of a badly decayed tooth. After we remove this tissue, we replace it with a filling.

Because they remove the nerve tissue inside of the tooth, root canals put a stop to your toothache – in fact, a tooth that has had a root canal should never hurt again!

Although many people have a fear of root canals, this procedure is nothing to fear. Your teeth and gums are numbed for the entire 1-2 hour procedure, and there is typically little to no pain following the root canal.

If you do not get a root canal when you need one, the inflamed and infected tissue inside of the tooth will not heal itself like an infection elsewhere in your body. Instead, the decay and infection will spread to the rest of the tooth and possibly to your jaw, causing painful complications and ultimately requiring your tooth to be extracted.

In short, a root canal is your best option to save and restore a badly damaged tooth before it’s too late.

When do you need a root canal?

The need for a root canal is often apparent because you have a lot of pain coming from a certain tooth. Sometimes a tooth requiring a root canal may not hurt – but if you let it go without treatment, it will eventually cause a great deal of pain once the decay advances further.

Some signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Throbbing pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Swelling near the tooth or in the face or neck
  • Injuries to the tooth, such as chips and fractures
  • Pimple or blister in your gums near the tooth (abscess)

Dr. Murdock or Dr. Searle will also perform diagnostic tests and X-rays to determine the source of your pain and whether a root canal is the best treatment option for you.

Emergency root canal

Root canals are not typically an emergency procedure, but if you experience severe pain that interferes with your ability to eat, work, and sleep, then we’re here for you.

When pain is this severe, it is often because a tooth abscess has formed as a result of the infected root. In addition to performing the root canal as soon as possible, we may also prescribe antibiotics to address this infection and pain medications to relieve your discomfort until we can see you.

If you need emergency root canal services in or near American Fork, UT, please do not hesitate to give us a call.