Demystifying Root Canal Treatment: A Patient’s Guide by Dickey Dental

Root canal treatment often gets mentioned with a mix of apprehension and misunderstanding. Yet, this dental procedure is a cornerstone of endodontic therapy, focusing on saving teeth that might otherwise need extraction. Dr. Hugh Brad Dickey and his team at Dickey Dental in Rock Hill, SC, are here to demystify root canal therapy, emphasizing its importance, benefits, and what patients can expect during the process.

Understanding Root Canal Therapy

At its core, root canal treatment addresses issues within the tooth’s pulp, a soft area within the center of the tooth that houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When this area becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth, a root canal is often the best course of action to alleviate pain and save the tooth.

The Benefits of Choosing Root Canal Therapy

Saving Natural Teeth

The primary goal of root canal treatment is to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost to extraction. Keeping your natural tooth helps maintain your chewing efficiency, sensation, and smile’s natural appearance.

Alleviating Pain

Root canal therapy effectively relieves the pain associated with tooth pulp infection. Contrary to common myths, the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed, thanks to modern techniques and anesthesia.

Preventing Further Damage and Infection

By removing the infected or inflamed pulp, root canal treatment stops the infection in its tracks, preventing it from spreading to surrounding teeth or the jawbone.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

Diagnosis and Preparation

The journey begins with a thorough dental exam and cleaning, during which Dr. Dickey or a team member will identify the need for a root canal. X-rays may be taken to assess the extent of the damage.

The Procedure

Root canal therapy typically involves the removal of the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort.


Following the root canal, the tooth may need restoration to return it to full function. Dickey Dental offers CEREC One-Day Crowns and Onlays, ensuring a quick and effective restoration process, often completed in a single visit.

Aftercare and Recovery

Recovery from a root canal is generally quick, with most patients resuming normal activities the next day. Dr. Dickey will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth healing process.

Despite its reputation, root canal therapy is a safe, effective, and relatively painless way to save teeth and alleviate pain. Advances in dental technology and anesthesia have made it a straightforward procedure with a success rate of over 95%.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Choosing Dickey Dental for your root canal treatment means entrusting your smile to a team dedicated to comfort, care, and the use of advanced dental technologies. Dr. Hugh Brad Dickey’s commitment to patient education ensures you’ll be fully informed and comfortable throughout your treatment journey.

Root canal therapy is not just a procedure; it’s a commitment to preserving your natural smile, oral health, and overall well-being. If you’re experiencing dental pain or have been told you might need a root canal, don’t hesitate to contact Dickey Dental.

Beyond Treatment: A Commitment to Care

At Dickey Dental, our care doesn’t end with the procedure. We’re committed to helping you maintain optimal oral health with comprehensive services, from preventive care to cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Let us be your partner in achieving and maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about root canal treatment or wish to schedule a consultation, please contact Dickey Dental at 803-329-2126. Your journey towards a pain-free, healthy smile starts here.