Root canals are considered a form of endodontic therapy. Endodontics refers to specifically trained dentists who specialize in treating tooth pain & infections, saving the tooth’s interior, and performing root canals through oral surgery.

A root canal works to treat the soft tissue inside your tooth to save it and avoid having it pulled.

Endodontists are experts at determining the underlying cause of your mouth pain so they can treat it effectively. Dr. Charles Dennis, DMD, offers some of the best dental root canal services near Scranton, PA.

Endodontics Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that treats a damaged, infected, or diseased tooth. They relieve pain and save your tooth. For example, if you have a tooth that becomes severely infected from the inside, bacteria and dead tissue must be removed to prevent the infection from spreading. This way, he can save your tooth and help minimize your pain.

The treatment is similar to a routine filling for a cavity, so there’s nothing to worry about. Dr. Dennis uses the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to perform a root canal in just one or two visits. The procedure is relatively painless and highly effective, so you can quickly get back to chewing without pain.

What are the symptoms of an infected tooth?

An infected tooth can become very painful very quickly, especially if you don’t take care of it promptly. Some typical symptoms of an infected tooth include:

  • Tooth soreness, especially while chewing
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pus oozing around the tooth
  • Unpleasant, salty taste in your mouth
  • Painful throbbing in your mouth or jaw
  • Swelling in face and cheeks
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Darkening tooth color
  • Inflamed gums
  • Bad breath

If you experience any of the symptoms of an infected tooth, it’s crucial to call Abington Center for Family & Cosmetic Dentistry as soon as possible. If you wait to treat it, the infection can get worse, and you risk losing your tooth, needing a root canal, a dental implant, or another type of restorative dental procedure.

Note: If you’re experiencing problems with your breathing or swallowing, the emergency room may be the quickest way to get the help you need.

Will my tooth abscess go away on its own?

Unfortunately, tooth infections and abscesses do not go away on their own. Without proper treatment, you risk the infection spreading to other teeth and into your body. This can cause many health complications. We recommend you call the office as soon as you notice that something is wrong to prevent further problems.

Are there any other treatment options?

If you decide against getting a root canal, you risk naturally losing your tooth, spreading infection, or having your tooth pulled. On the other hand, if you opt to get your tooth pulled, your teeth will naturally shift, and the missing area of the tooth can cause your jaw to weaken. This can cause problems with chewing and proper dental hygiene. That’s why we recommend attempting to save the tooth if possible.

Do root canals hurt?

Root canals, or endodontic therapy, tend to get a bad rep amongst patients who have heard that they are extremely painful. With today’s technology and advancements, root canals are no more painful than getting a filling. We use local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area during the procedure. Since we clear the infected pulp and root(s), you should experience less pain following surgery.

If you experience any symptoms of an infected tooth or trauma to your mouth, call us at Abington Dental. Dr. Charles Dennis, DMD, is an expert at dental root canal services in the Scranton, PA area, so you’ll be getting the best possible care. Call to schedule an appointment or use the online booking system.

A patient receiving dental root canal services in Scranton, PA
C Nolan
C Nolan
2022-07-11
Dr. Dennis and his staff are always very friendly, accommodating and professional. I highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!
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Ashley Reploeg
Ashley Reploeg
2022-07-08
Stop wasting your insurance money elsewhere. I’ve grown up going from one bad, rude, painful, insensitive, cruel, dentist to another. I’ve spent years trying to achieve one thing. A beautiful smile. I’ve wasted a lifetime of out of pocket money and insurance money (that yes, only let you do procedures ONCE in your life) pain, tears, ridicule, and embarrassment, on all the wrong dentists. Then my husband found Dr. Dennis and recommended I make the switch. After I was yelled at, hurt, treated rudely, and ALOT of my insurance money wasted, I now sit in Dr. Dennis’ chair. Did he tell me everything I’ve had done in my mouth was done wrong, yes. Does it ALL need to be fixed and insurance won’t pay for it again so out of our middle-class pockets it will come, yes. If every dentist had just been as kind and talented as Dr. Dennis. Here’s your sign. Don’t be another story like me. A kind dentist who does things right the first time? In a perfect world we would have all found him at the age of 5 when our fears were high and we are a clean slate but c’est la vie and I’m here to tell you that he does exist. You just hadn’t found him yet. But now you have. My husband and I both would recommend him seven ways from Sunday. And not mention, all of his hygienists are fabulous, kind, very knowledgeable, and explain things so kindly to us in such a nonjudgmental manner. ( It’s a very important and an under-acknowledged virtue.) Lastly, his front desk ladies are just as much the bees knees as well. I love every visit I have there.
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Michele Martin
Michele Martin
2022-07-03
Dr Dennis and his staff are the best I had a broken tooth I was just going to have pulled. They got me in within four days from my first call. I was to be a new patient so I was impressed how quick they got me in. Once there I was given two options he could pull the tooth or clean it up and place a crown over the tooth. After getting the estimates I chose to keep the tooth. 2 days later I was in getting the crown. They make their crowns onsite so I got my tooth that day. I received a call the following day to check how the crown felt check on an discomfort I said all good it works I can eat on the side where the crown is. I have more work that is needed which I won't go anywhere else to have it done. But never have a met a dentist that impressed me like this office has. Thank you for everything you all are awesome.
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Britni Murphy
Britni Murphy
2022-07-01
Dr. Dennis and his staff always provide exceptional services whether it’s a simple cleaning or emergency care. Staff even goes the extra step to reach out over the following days to check in.
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Ernest Keller
Ernest Keller
2022-06-27
Very nice, professional staff. Great service. Always good results
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rachael dowling
rachael dowling
2022-06-23
I’ve had so much work done and past work by other dentists fixed by Dr. Dennis. He is completely confident in the answers he presents to me which allows me to trust him completely with my teeth. I love that he tells me like it is and let’s me decide what to do with the information he gives me! He will truly do what is absolutely best for YOU! All the dental hygienists are always wonderfully social and compassionate too! Today, especially, you made my day! Thank you for getting me in! Love and light!!
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Sayan Bhattacharyya
Sayan Bhattacharyya
2022-06-22
Everyone at the clinic is very friendly and welcoming.All appointments have been catered to on time without any delays.The Doctor has been most patient and understanding. My teeth have never looked better.
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Lizbeth
Lizbeth
2022-06-19
I give them a five star in overall!! Reception, hygienist, dental assistant and Dr!! I had 2 crown replace! The fact that they custom make the crown same day in office is a home run— no temporary cap!!! I also had a filling that was done about a year ago incorrectly by another Dr in NYC. ———Dr Charles Dennis showed me the before picture and it was scary!! He proceeded to clean it all out and replace the filling and it was impeccable. I truly have to say he is the best Cosmetic Dr & Family Dentistry that I have come across.
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