Don't Put off Root Canal Treatment – Call Us Now

Don't Put off Root Canal Treatment – Call Us Now

Root Canals

At Serene Dentistry of North Salt Lake, Dr. Will Bates recommends root canal therapy to provide pain relief and save an infected tooth from extraction. We know the procedure can stir up negative feelings, but a modern root canal performed by a skilled dentist isn’t the dreaded experience many people believe it to be.

We offer a comfortable and relaxing environment that calms you from the moment you arrive. Using state-of-the-art dental technology, potent local anesthetics, and sedation dentistry, we’ll resolve your pain and have you feeling better in no time!

How Does a Tooth Infection Start?

When a chip, crack, or deep cavity compromises a tooth, bacteria can make their way to the interior of your tooth called the pulp chamber and cause an infection. When the pulp becomes infected, the only way to treat it and relieve your pain is by removing the infected pulp during a root canal procedure.

Some common symptoms of an infected tooth are:

  • A toothache that continues to worsen

  • Sensitivity to pressure and hot and cold

  • Gum swelling or tenderness

  • A white bump or “pimple” on your gums

  • Tooth discoloration

  • A bad taste or odor in your mouth

If you experience one or more of these symptoms, call our North Salt Lake dental office right away. The sooner we see you, the sooner we can remove the painful infection and save the tooth. Without a root canal, your pain would continue to worsen, and our only option would be to remove the tooth.

how does a tooth infection start

What Happens during a Root Canal?

First, Dr. Bates uses powerful local anesthetics to numb the part of your mouth he’s treating. The first step is to numb your mouth with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel anything during the procedure.

Next, he creates a tiny hole to access the inner area of the tooth to remove all the infected pulp. After he disinfects the tooth, our root canal dentist places a sterile filling in the hollowed-out portion, seals the tooth, and places a temporary filling to protect it.

We will let you know what to expect as the tooth heals, but some soreness is common and can last for a day or two. This is perfectly normal and can typically be resolved with OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen.

After about two weeks, you will return to our North Salt Lake dental office so Dr. Bates can protect the tooth with a final filling or dental crown, depending on its location.

Discover Stress-Free Root Canals

Root canal treatment is more comfortable and efficient today than it’s ever been. In addition to a streamlined procedure, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation so you can get the care you need without any stress or anxiety.

Do You Need an Emergency Root Canal?

The pain of an infected or abscessed tooth can be unbearable, and we don’t want you to experience that. If you notice any symptoms, call us right away so we can get you in and see if you need treatment. You may not like the idea of having a root canal, but postponing it can have life-threatening consequences.

Please call our North Salt Lake dental office so we can protect you and your oral health and get you the prompt treatment you need.

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Meet Our Team

Shandee Dental Hygienist

Shandee attended Weber State University, where she graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene, with a minor in clinical health promotion. A native of Utah, her goal with every patient is to be gentle and make sure they leave their appointment with a nice, clean feeling and motivated to establish good oral hygiene habits.

In her spare time, Shandee enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the dentist use any relaxation or sedation techniques to ease dental anxiety?

Your comfort is critical to us at North Salt Lake Dental. We set the stage for a stress-free dental appointment with a warm and serene environment where you can relax, comforting sedation dentistry, and leading-edge dental technology.

Dr. Will Bates is an experienced dentist who understands that the best way to help minimize a patients’ anxiety is to be the kind of professional they can trust. This is a process and a worthwhile one that results in greater confidence in us and assurance that your comfort means everything to us.

Sedation Dentistry in North Salt Lake, UT

Sedation dentistry gives Dr. Bates another option for ensuring that his patients have a comfortable experience.

Nitrous Oxide for Gentle Relaxation (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a short-term type of dental sedation that leaves no drowsy side effects. You inhale nitrous through a small breathing mask, and it produces pleasant, calming sensations and a feeling of comfort and well-being. Nitrous oxide effects last only as long as we administer it, and you can safely drive yourself home from your appointment.

Oral Conscious Sedation

With oral sedation, Dr. Bates prescribes a sedative for you to take before your appointment, so you need a driver to get you safely to and from our dental office. You will feel very relaxed and drowsy, and some patients even doze off during their procedure. Because the sedative stays in your bloodstream for several hours, we recommend that you plan to take the rest of your day off.

Can Sedation Dentistry Help You?

If you think sedation dentistry can help at your next appointment at our North Salt Lake dental office, please let us know!