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Minimal-Discomfort Root Canal Therapy Can Save Your Smile


If you are suffering from a toothache, you may require root canal therapy at our North Little Rock practice. Dr. Van O'Dell is a highly trained, experienced dentist who you can trust to perform your root canal treatment. He uses extremely precise and gentle techniques to minimize your discomfort and save the outer structure of your tooth. Thanks to his superior skill, you will enjoy restored oral functionality and a beautiful smile. Contact Dr. Van O’Dell Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to learn more about root canal therapy and find relief from your dental infection.

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We can perform gentle, effective root canal therapy to eliminate dental infection and protect your oral health.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

When you develop dental decay, the infection will gradually penetrate your tooth. If it is not treated in time, it will eventually reach the nerve deep inside the root of the tooth. When this occurs, it can cause immense discomfort, as well as abscesses and gum inflammation. If left untreated, the infection may eventually damage the entire structure of your tooth, and it could even affect your gum tissue and surrounding teeth. When you have a dental infection, root canal therapy may be the best way to end your discomfort, strengthen your tooth, and protect your smile.

The Root Canal Procedure

Before treatment, Dr. O’Dell will closely examine your tooth, using digital x-rays and a visual inspection. If he determines that you are a candidate for root canal therapy, he will numb your tooth, and create a small access chamber in the top of the tooth. Through this chamber, he will remove all bacteria and pulp tissue from inside your tooth. He will also clean and reshape your root canals. If needed, he will use an antibacterial solution to treat any remaining signs of infection.

When this process is complete, Dr. O’Dell will fill your tooth and root canals with a soft rubber compound called gutta percha. Then he will take impressions of your tooth. He will send the impressions and dental crown design specifications to our trusted dental lab, where technicians will custom-create a dental crown. Because we have worked with the same lab for nearly 30 years, we know that their work is beautiful and natural looking. While you wait, Dr. O’Dell will supply a temporary restoration. Finally, when the final restoration is finished, he will attach the crown. Although you may experience some slight sensitivity, you will typically enjoy complete dental functionality after your second visit.

Focused on Your Comfort

Many patients assume that their root canal therapy will be highly unpleasant. In actuality, the treatment involves minimal discomfort. Dr. O’Dell offers compassionate care and gentle techniques to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your treatment. Before beginning the procedure, he will numb your tooth using local anesthesia. Under its effect, you will typically feel little more than slight pressure. However, like many patients, you may still feel nervous about your treatment. If so, you may benefit from nitrous oxide or oral sedation. At your initial consultation, Dr. O’Dell will explain these options and help you choose the one that is right for you. 

Come Receive the Compassionate Care You Need

If you are suffering from a toothache, you deserve immediate attention. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find the relief you need.

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"The front office staff is wonderful, and Dr. O'Dell is an amazing dentist! He always makes me feel comfortable and well taken care of."

Kayla F.

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North Little Rock Office

2501 Crestwood Rd
Ste 201
North Little Rock, AR 72116

Open Today 8:00am - 4:00pm

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