Root Canal

S. Clarke Woodruff, DMD -  - Dentist

S. Clarke Woodruff, DMD

Dentist located in Hellertown, PA

Constant pain and discomfort in a tooth may be a symptom of serious damage, but timely root canal treatment can stop further damage and save the tooth. Don’t delay in consulting the expert team of professionals at their state-of-art dental office S. Clarke Woodruff, DMD in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Woodruff uses the latest methods of root canal therapy to make this standard procedure a comfortable experience for you. To alleviate pain and know more about root canal therapy, call or book an appointment by going online today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal or endodontic treatment is a therapy to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth. It involves removal of the damaged tissue from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the remaining part followed by filling and sealing it. Root canal therapy saves millions of teeth each year.

How do I know I need a root canal treatment?

The root inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes necessitating root canal treatment:

  • Deep tooth decay
  • Repeated dental procedures
  • Crack or chip in the tooth
  • Infection and pus pocket at the bottom of the root
  • Pulp infection


A timely root canal treatment can take care of all these causes and save the tooth.

What are the signs and symptoms of needing a root canal treatment?

Severe tooth pain is the most common symptom indicating that you may need a root canal treatment. Other signs include:

  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness to touch and chewing
  • Tenderness of jaw bone and gums


Sometimes there may be no symptoms, and tooth damage is diagnosed during a dental examination.

What should I expect during a root canal procedure?

Dr. Woodruff performs a comprehensive oral examination that includes lab tests and imaging procedures to know more about the condition of your damaged tooth.

Once it is confirmed that you need a root canal treatment, Dr. Woodruff begins with numbing the area with a local anesthetic to ensure your highest level of comfort. He then isolates the tooth from the surrounding area by a protective sheath to keep it dry and free of saliva.

Next Dr. Woodruff drills a tiny hole in the diseased tooth, to drain the infected tissue and clean and prepare the space for filling. He then fills the canal with a rubber-like biocompatible material called gutta-percha before sealing the opening with a temporary filling.

At the follow-up visit, Dr. Woodruff finishes the treatment by placing a crown or other restoration on the treated tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

How long will the restored tooth last?

Good dental hygiene, regular dental exams, and proper care can make the restored teeth last as long as other natural teeth. The tooth that is treated becomes brittle over time and is more prone to fracture. Dr. Woodruff gives you full care instructions to avoid any additional treatments.

If you have tooth pain and suspect that you might need a root canal procedure, do not delay further. Call or book an appointment online.