Root Canal Therapy in Urbandale, IA

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Reviving Smiles at Hickman Family Dental

Are you looking for a team of highly skilled and compassionate dental professionals to save your tooth from extraction? We offer a wide range of treatments, including restorative procedures like root canal treatment. We combine state-of-the-art technology with personalized care to treat infection and damage to the dental pulp in a warm and comfortable environment. Keep reading to learn more about root canals and how you can benefit.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal, also referred to as endodontics,  is a dental procedure designed to treat the internal structure of a tooth. Inside every tooth, beneath the outer enamel and dentin layers, lies a soft tissue known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues that help nourish the tooth during its development. However, when the pulp becomes infected or damaged due to decay, trauma, or deep cavities, it can cause severe pain, sensitivity, and even lead to abscess formation.

When is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the dental pulp is compromised. Several signs and symptoms indicate the need for a root canal, including:


  • Persistent Toothache: Intense, throbbing pain or sensitivity that lingers, even after applying over-the-counter remedies.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, often accompanied by sharp, shooting pain.
  • Swollen Gums: Swelling, tenderness, or a small bump on the gums near the affected tooth.
  • Discoloration: Darkening or discoloration of the tooth, indicating internal damage or infection.
  • Prolonged Sensitivity to Pressure: Discomfort or pain when biting down or applying pressure on the tooth.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek immediate dental care. At Hickman Family Dental in Urbandale, IA. Dr. Erickson will conduct a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the condition of the tooth and determine if a root canal is necessary.

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The Root Canal Process

The thought of undergoing a root canal may evoke anxiety, but rest assured that at Hickman Family Dental, your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. Dr. Erickson and our compassionate team will guide you through the process with utmost care and expertise. Here’s what you can expect during a typical root canal treatment:

Initial Assessment

Dr. Erickson will perform a comprehensive evaluation, including X-rays, to diagnose the extent of the damage and plan the treatment accordingly. Local anesthesia will be administered to ensure a painless procedure.

Accessing the Pulp

A small access hole will be created in the tooth’s crown, providing access to the pulp chamber and root canals. This step involves removing the infected or damaged pulp.

Cleaning and Shaping

The root canals are meticulously cleaned using specialized instruments to eliminate any remaining infected tissue, debris, and bacteria. The canals are then shaped to allow for optimal filling and sealing.

Filling and Sealing

Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned, they are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This rubber-like material seals the canals to prevent reinfection. In some cases, Dr. Erickson may place a temporary filling to protect the tooth until the final restoration is placed.


After the root canal treatment, a dental crown or dental filling is typically placed to restore the tooth’s strength, structure, and appearance. Dr. Erickson will ensure that the restoration blends seamlessly with your natural teeth for an aesthetically pleasing result.

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Unlock Your Smile’s Potential in Urbandale, IA

At Hickman Family Dental, we understand the emotional toll that dental problems like tooth infections can take on your well-being. Our compassionate team is here to provide the care and support you need and help save your teeth from extraction. Call us today at (515) 276-4981 to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards restoring your oral health. Let us help you regain your confidence and bring back the joy of a healthy, radiant smile. We serve new and returning patients from Urbandale and the surrounding areas.