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There are many potential causes for a toothache, but severe tooth pain may indicate advanced decay that calls for a prompt visit to the dentist. If decay has advanced to the inner portions of the tooth, it will likely need root canal therapy. A root canal can provide several benefits, including to preserve a tooth that might otherwise require extraction. The treated tooth is often restored with a dental crown, which Dr. Rink can provide in the same appointment.

What is a root canal?

Below your gum line, the roots of your teeth perform an important function, connecting the teeth with a blood supply that removes toxins and provides essential nutrients. The root canal is the center of the tooth roots, containing nerves and blood vessels that extend to the soft center of the tooth, called the pulp chamber.

A deep cavity, fracture, or trauma to a tooth can lead to bacterial infection in the pulp chamber. Symptoms may include severe toothache, swelling in the gums, prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold, and discoloration of the tooth. 

If you experience any of these symptoms, the sooner you see Dr. Rink for an examination, the better. Left untreated, infection can lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. Early intervention with root canal therapy can eliminate the need for extraction and save the tooth.

What are the top benefits of a root canal?

  • Stops infection from spreading to other teeth
  • Achieves an aesthetically pleasing result
  • Helps preserve dental function
  • Prevents jawbone disintegration
  • Promotes overall oral health

What can I expect from my treatment?

After your initial exam and x-rays, Dr. Rink’s priority is to make you comfortable. He offers several options to keep anxious patients relaxed, including oral sedation and nitrous oxide. Many root canal patients are comfortable with just a numbing solution, reporting little to no pain during the procedure. Dr. Rink has years of experience performing successful root canal therapy, and his patients are in capable hands.

The first step in the process is the removal of infected pulp from within the tooth and its roots, as well as any decay in the outer portion of the tooth. The emptied pulp chamber is sterilized and subsequently filled with a biologically inert substance before it is sealed to prevent further infection. In many cases, a dental crown completes the process, restoring full strength and function to the weakened tooth. Once your dental crown is in place, you can go home and begin your root canal recovery.

What are CEREC same-day crowns?

Using advanced dental technology, Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry provides patients with ceramic crown restorations created in our in-house lab. With this convenient process, root canal patients receive treatment and a custom crown restoration in the same appointment. 

Our CEREC system uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) technology to create your dental crown while you wait. Your digitally shade-matched crown will blend beautifully with surrounding teeth, and protect the treated tooth from further damage.

Why choose Dr. Rink in Charleston for a root canal?

Dr. Rink provides the full range of dental services from cosmetic to general dentistry, supplying aesthetically beautiful porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, implants and other prosthetics. His office is outfitted with the latest advanced technology including CEREC same-day restorations, cosmetic digital imaging and sedation dentistry. Patients enjoy noise cancelling headphones, 3D movies, soothing essential oils, as well as warm blankets and towels, all of which make the Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry more like a second home than a doctor's office.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update


To Our Wonderful Family of Patients:

Last night, my wife Connie and I enjoyed the most delicious take-out dinner from FIG restaurant. As always, the food was excellent; however, it was most satisfying to see the local restaurant, along with others, begin its comeback. Our resilient city feels like it is coming back to life—parks are opening and folks and families are enjoying the wonderful spring Charleston air. The Rink dental team is, too, readying itself for the next chapter of practicing dentistry as the community begins reopening its doors.

We are concentrating on continuing to advance our rock-solid foundation of state-of-the-art infection control. We were blessed to keep our dedicated and passionate team employed during the crisis, and have devoted the entire month of April to research, systematically developing, purchasing and installing the best additional infection control protocols and equipment available. We are ready. This month we will begin the process of a “soft opening” of our practice. What this means for our patients is a resumption of the same excellent restorative, esthetic, and preventive care in the safest and most secure environment available anywhere.

Additional safety steps will include asking our patients to wait for their appointments in their cars rather than in the reception area. We will ask that you take a moment to fill out a short questionnaire upon your arrival regarding your health and recent travels. We will take everyone’s temperature (including the team) with a forehead scanner as you enter the practice. We will clean and disinfect all touchpoints in the office in between each patient. We have procured the highest quality KN95 masks and face shields for the staff and have carefully researched and purchased the most advanced aerosol containment and purification systems available for the safety of all our patients. These are a few examples of how we have added additional layers of protection for your and our staff’s benefit.

Finally, I wholly understand that each one of you is an individual with specific desires, needs, and comfort levels. I want you to know that we are here to actively listen to you and to create the best environment for your emotional health. Some will be ready sooner than others to receive care again at our office. Let’s keep the lines of communication open and please know that our relationship with you and your family is our highest priority.

We look forward to reuniting with everyone but until that time it is our wish that you enjoy good health, good spirits, and peace.

To your optimal dental health,

- John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD and team

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