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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 preserving a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.

At the Charleston Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we partner with several excellent endodontists to perform a root canal in Charleston. After the endodontist completes the procedure, Dr. Rink creates highly aesthetic and functional restorations for the affected teeth if needed, often during 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.

Doctor with a patient

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?

The first step in the process is to refer you to an Endodontics specialist. The specialist will complete your root canal in Charleston and refer you back to Dr. Rink.  Dr. Rink will then perform the necessary restorative procedure to make your tooth safe and secure. 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 restoration?

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 soothing essential oils, 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.

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