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Endodontic Services in Westminster, South Carolina

Dr. James Hicks, with SC Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, in Westminster, South Carolina offers root canals for patients in Westminster, Seneca, Clemson, Walhalla, Fair Play, Hartwell, GA, and the surrounding areas in Upstate South Carolina and Georgia.  


If you have tooth pain that does not subside, it may be time for a root canal.  Dr. Hicks will evaluate your tooth and determine what you need to do to eliminate your pain or discomfort.  


What’s a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when the nerve inside of your tooth becomes infected or damaged from trauma.  A root canal prevents further complications such as an infection in the jaw or infection spreading to other parts of the body.  


When might I need a root canal?

Dr. Hicks will determine if you need a root canal based on an examination and the results of an x-ray of the tooth. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should contact our office immediately and schedule an appointment:

  • Increased sensitivity to heat and cold that lasts for a long time

  • Ongoing pain or a dull, yet constant ache in one or more teeth

  • Pain when you bite down or chew food

  • Pain that interferes with sleep


What happens during a root canal?

When you have a root canal, Dr. Beemer will numb the area to make you comfortable.  He will then make a small opening in the top of your tooth and remove the infected pulp from inside your tooth.  The empty canal will then be disinfected, sealed and filled.  The small hole on the top of the tooth will be filled with a temporary filling that will be removed when you have the tooth permanently restored, usually with a dental crown.  


Do I need a crown?

When your tooth has a root canal, there is no longer blood supply to the tooth.  Over time, the tooth can become brittle and more prone to breaking.  In most cases, Dr. Hicks will recommend a crown, following a root canal to protect your tooth.  During your examination, Dr. Hicks will evaluate your specific situation and let you know if a filling or a crown will be recommended.


Do root canals hurt?

When you have a root canal procedure, Dr. Hicks will use local anesthetic before working on your tooth, so you should not experience any discomfort during your root canal. You will may have increased sensitivity around your gums and near the tooth when you bite down or the area is exposed to heat or cold.  These symptoms can last for two to three days following your procedure.


Do I need a root canal or a tooth extraction?

Depending on your condition, you may be a candidate for either a root canal or a tooth extraction.  Dr. Hicks will review your options at your examination.  It is our goal to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime, and a root canal allows you to keep your original tooth rather than losing it and needing a replacement, however, Dr. Hicks will discuss all possible options and he will help you decide which one would work best for you.

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