Root Canals

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Root canals are an alternative to extraction that can save your teeth.

There is a wide range of symptoms that show that you might need root canal surgery: cracks, chips, pus coming out of the gums, and infections in the area, just to name a few. Root canal therapy is the alternative to tooth extractions and, with root canal therapy, the tooth can be saved and the pain eliminated in the very same day.

When would I need root canal therapy?

A root canal therapy procedure becomes necessary when the pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth’s root canal area, gets inflamed or infected from an injury or infection. The most common signs of root canal damage we see in our office are:

  • A persistent and lingering toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Chewing or pressure pain
  • Swelling in the patient’s cheek, jaw, or throat
  • A tooth that suddenly becomes discolored and usually is much darker than surrounding teeth
  • A constant mouth pain that prevents or disturbs sleep

Rarely, a tooth can experience root damage without any noticeable symptoms. In these cases, it is likely that the root canal nerves are totally dead. Regular checkups can help to ensure that the teeth stay healthy and that any early damage or decay is caught early – before root canal therapy is necessary.

Root canal therapy procedures

Root canal therapy is usually completed within 2 office visits of around one hour each. The root canal therapy procedure that we follow at Studio Dental of River Park is derived from the most current methods, and follow the guidelines and advice from the American Association of Endodontics (AAE). That advice and methodology includes:

  • Under the effects of local anesthesia, the patient’s inflamed or infected pulp of the tooth is removed.
  • The tooth’s root canal is then carefully cleaned and disinfected. An antibacterial cream is then applied to the inside all of the canals, and a temporary filling is placed. A minimum of 24 hours is allowed to give sufficient time for the anti-bacterial cream to fight and kill off any remaining bacteria inside the canals. Many patients report feeling a reduction in pain of over 90% at this stage in treatment.
  • During the second visit, the temporary filling is removed, and the canals are once again cleaned and irrigated to wash away all of the old antibacterial cream and any residual dead bacteria.
  • Once the tooth’s root canals are sterile, the root canals are then filled and sealed airtight with a material called gutta-percha, a natural rubber-like substance.
  • Finally, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling to prevent future damage and provide protection!

Root canal therapy has scary reputation, but is actually one of the best ways to treat a tooth that is causing pain due to trauma or infection. Patients often notice a reduction in pain of nearly 90 percent, and the natural tooth is saved! A treated tooth that has undergone root canal therapy can last your entire life!

I am so happy I stumbled upon this office. My son had a minor emergency on a Saturday morning and needed to have a tooth extracted. I called several offices that were either unable or unwilling to help us. Studio Dental told me to arrive as soon as I could and met us at the door. My son (7 yrs old) was extremely nervous and they made him feel comfortable right away. The bedside manner of both Dr. Dang and the hygienist was amazing! I was so impressed, I scheduled a cleaning for my son and daughter (4 yrs) before we left.

Erin W.

Visiting Studio Dental was a remarkable experience! First of all, I love the flexible schedule! I had a dental emergency, and I was in pain. They were able to book my appointment early in the morning. Second, I was greeted with a warm welcome by Tiffany, Dr. Dang’s wife. We went over some forms in less than 2 minutes. Since it was my first time there, I had to fill out some forms, that Tiffany sent me by email. I didn’t even wait for a minute, when Stephanie, Dr. Dang’s assistant took me to the room, and offered me a warm neck pillow, a blanket, and something to drink. I felt, I was being pampered by Spa professionals! Stephanie took some X-rays, and I didn’t even feel discomfort. Then,  Dr. Dang came, and explained to me with visuals how he was going to resolve my dental problem. While I was being treated by Dr. Dang I didn’t feel any pain because I was very entertained watching a movie from Netflix. The television was on the ceiling! Also, he was explaining every single step of the  procedure. After he was done, he showed me before and after pictures on a big screen. They have the latest technology! I even got a Goodie bag! Resuming, Customer Service is excellent! They are very polite, and they understand all patients’ needs! For those of you searching for a great experience at the Dental office, look no further than this place.


Great emergency visit to Studio Dental!!! Dr. Dang’s staff got me in quickly when my 10+ year-old crown popped off and he had it back on quickly and painlessly.Thank you Studio Dental.

Lynette A

Took my emergency and was the best service.

M. Sue

I can’t say enough good things about Studio Dental! I was a new patient and had an emergency on a Saturday. I called them at 10 am; they did not have any availability, but was able to fit me in as a walk in at 1 pm that day. The entire staff was warm, friendly, and very welcoming! The office was extremely clean and very modern! There are TVs in all exams rooms with Netflix to help ease anxiety and keep you occupied. They explained my treatment plan and went over my options in detail! It was as enjoyable of an experience as a trip to the dentist can be! Needless to say - I have found my new dentist!

Sarah P.

I’ve had the pleasure of officially being a patient of Dr. Dang’s for a year now and I’ve never been happier with such an amazing dental team. The care and attention that was provided due to an emergency visit has resulted in not only a patient for life but a wonderful friendship. Dr. Dang and his team have remained consistent in their professionalism, their ability to make you feel welcome and the pride they have in their dentistry. If you’re looking for a state of the art facility but comfort in knowledge and ability, then Studio Dental of Riverpark is the place to go.

Lisa K.

Had an emergency (cracked bonding) and Dr. Dang got me in as a new patient within a couple of hours and did an incredible job. Very professional, helpful and extremely nice group of people. Based on my experience, I am switching from my previous dentist to Dr. Dang and would highly recommend Studio Dental of River Park.

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