Root Canal Specialist

Happy Smile

Jong Hoon Park, DMD

General Dentist located in Lincoln, RI

Root canals may have a bad reputation, but they’re common procedures that can save your tooth from extraction and prevent an infection from spreading. At Happy Smile in Lincoln, Rhode Island, Jong Hoon Park, DMD performs root canal treatments with the advanced WaveOne® Gold system. If you’re looking for a dentist who’s trained in endodontics, call or click online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Park today.

Root Canal Q & A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that cleans and restores an infected tooth. It’s also common, with more than 15 million root canals performed each year.

Many other dentists refer you to a separate endodontist to perform a root canal, but Dr. Park is trained to perform this procedure himself. That means you can see the dentist you know and trust at Happy Smile instead of making a separate appointment.

What signs and symptoms suggest I may need a root canal?

Severe tooth pain is the primary symptom of an infected tooth that needs a root canal treatment. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • A fractured tooth
  • Dental abscesses, or pockets of pus in your mouth
  • Previous tooth injury
  • Severe tooth decay that’s too extreme for a filling

Why is a root canal necessary?

While the thought of getting a root canal may not sound appealing, the procedure is beneficial in many ways. A root canal can save your infected tooth from being extracted, which has the following benefits:

  • Maintains good teeth alignment
  • Helps you chew and bite efficiently
  • Keeps a natural, healthy-looking smile
  • Protects neighboring teeth from decay

If you don’t treat an infected tooth with a root canal, serious complications may arise. The infection can lead to an abscess, which may allow bacteria to drain into your gums and cheeks. The infection can spread throughout your head, neck, and face.

What should I expect from a root canal procedure?

First, Dr. Park performs a thorough dental exam to determine the source of your pain. If you have an infected tooth, he may recommend a root canal procedure to save it.

During a root canal, Dr. Park first numbs the area with painless injections. He then carefully removes infected tissue, called pulp, from inside your tooth before he cleans and disinfects your tooth’s interior and seals it off to prevent further infection.

After your root canal, Dr. Park may recommend covering the treated tooth with a crown. He offers same-day dental crowns at Happy Smile. If you’re suffering from severe tooth pain, call Happy Smile or book an appointment online today.