Dental Root Canal

Generation of Smiles for over 90 Years

Root canals sound very intimidating, but at West Columbia Dental, we recognize that they may be crucial to the health of your teeth. Rest assured that if you end up requiring a root canal, our dentists will take great care to ensure you are comfortable and can enjoy a healthy smile again.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure our dentists perform if you have a severely decayed tooth and/or have a severe infection.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

A root canal is recommended when the pulp of your tooth—the soft tissue inside the tooth that houses the nerves—becomes infected. You may develop an infection due to the following reasons:

  • A large and deep cavity
  • Too much previous dental work on a specific tooth
  • Poor quality dental work on a specific tooth
  • A cracked or injured tooth

What to Expect When Getting a Root Canal

First off, a root canal may take two visits with our West Columbia dentists. To begin, we will assess the tooth once again and get brand new x-rays to ensure we have the clearest view possible of the area we will be treating. When it’s time to begin the root canal, we will numb you to ensure you are comfortable. Once the root canal itself has been completed, we will place a temporary restoration on the tooth, such as a crown. You may feel some sensitivity in the area for a few days, but know that this is normal and we can provide you with tips and/or prescriptions to help manage it.

Your second appointment will be a follow-up. We will check to see how your tooth is and we will also place a permanent restoration that will prevent your tooth from becoming infected again.

Although root canals are believed to be painful, patients don’t feel anything during the procedure itself. Before getting a root canal, however, recurring infection will bring a lot of pain and sensitivity that makes it difficult to eat and speak comfortably. The good news is that, once the procedure is complete, you will enjoy zero pain in the tooth, save for some sensitivity for a few days.

Root Canals at West Columbia Dental

For over 90 years, West Columbia Dental has taken great pride in providing exceptional dental care to patients of all ages. If you’re ready to improve your dental health and think you might need a root canal, please book an appointment with us so we can assess your teeth. We look forward to creating a memorable experience, giving you confidence, and prioritizing your comfort at all times.

Your Dental Health is in Good Hands

Dental visits can be nerve-wracking, but rest assured that we are fully committed to performing top-quality dental work. If there is any issue, we will take care of it and ensure you are pleased with the results.


West Columbia dental specializes in helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams. Our comprehensive dental services includes family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry. Our friendly and professional team can help you enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.