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Madison Root Canal Treatments

Root canal treatments (endodontic therapy) are needed whenever an untreated dental cavity damages the nerves or pulp of a tooth. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can create an abscess. Root canal therapy from Total Care Dental removes the infected material so you can begin recovering.

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Restorative Dentistry Gives Patients Healthier Teeth

Total Care Dental strives to provide only the best Madison dental restoration treatments. Root canal treatments (also referred to as endodontic therapy) are necessary when an untreated dental cavity reaches all the way to the pulp or if trauma to a tooth causes nerve damage. Once the pulp becomes infected, it can begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (known as an abscess).

Dental Pain from Root CanalIf the pulp is infected, it may be painful and will require treatment as it cannot heal on its own. Symptoms which indicate infected pulp include:

  • Sensitivity to hot, cold or sweets
  • Pain from biting or pressure
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling and tenderness in the gums
  • Pimple on the gums
  • Bad taste in the mouth

Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup. Regular dental visits and good oral hygiene habits are your best bet for preventing the need for a root canal.

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Root Canal Therapy in Madison

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The damaged nerve tissue or pulp has to be removed to prevent further infection, swelling, bone loss, and drainage problems from the root. Alternate treatment would be to extract the tooth, but this is not usually recommended. Tooth extraction costs more than a root canal, takes a longer treatment time, and requires additional procedures for the adjacent teeth and tissues.

Although root canals are said to be quite painful, many patients report it is no more painful than getting a filling. In fact, the tooth pain leading up to the root canal procedure is more painful than the treatment itself. A root canal procedure involves a few simple steps:

  • X-ray to find out the extent of the infection and the shape of the root canals
  • Local anesthesia numbs the area near the affected tooth
  • A hole is drilled in the tooth
  • Pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and other debris  are removed using root canal files
  • The canal is filled in, preventing any further infection

Some dentists prefer to seal the tooth in the same appointment as the root canal, while others choose to wait a week and treat the tooth with medication to ensure the infection is gone. If the tooth is not sealed the same day, a temporary filling protects the hole in the meantime. Usually, a core build-up and dental crown are recommended by our Madison dentists for restoring a tooth which has undergone root canal therapy.

After your root canal, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days due to inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers should allow you to return to your normal daily activities the next day. If good oral hygiene is practiced at home and you continue regular dental visits, your restored tooth can remain healthy. There are many advantages to saving a natural tooth with a root canal treatment including efficient chewing, natural appearance, normal biting force and sensation, and it protects other teeth from extreme wear and staining.

Root Canal Payment Plans

A painful infection should not be ignored because of financial concerns. Many Madison area patients believe they cannot afford root canal treatment without dental insurance. With Total Care Dental, this isn’t true. Our financial dental plans make everything from a root canal to a typical checkup affordable for everyone. We accept cash or personal check, credit cards, CareCredit cards, Illumisure, and most major insurance plans.

Madison Family Dentist Can Prevent Root Canals

If you are having tooth pain, don’t wait, schedule a dental appointment to get your tooth checked. This could catch a problem before an infection spreads to the pulp of your tooth, avoiding the need for a root canal in the first place. Even if a root canal is required, you could catch the infection before it causes severe damage. A small infection may only need a filling for treatment.

Once your tooth is infected, you need treatment as soon as possible. Failure to get a root canal can lead to more widespread infection in the rest of your mouth.

Common Questions About Root Canals

Q: What is a root canal?

A: A root canal, also known as “root canal therapy,” is a routine procedure designed to prevent further deterioration and stabilize a tooth that has experienced some form of severe damage through abuse or years of normal wear and tear.

The source of the problem is usually a painful infection of the root canal area below the surface of the enamel. If left untreated or ignored, a much more serious form of oral infection will eventually start to set in. While the nerve and tooth damage may be beyond repair, a root canal may be used in order to restore both the functionality and aesthetic appearance of your tooth. The procedure can also prevent your surrounding teeth from being impacted as well.

The root canal procedure itself is very simple for TCD dentists. We remove all the decayed and infected tooth pulp and tissue in the canal area.  After making sure all trace of infection is eradicated, we fill the infected area with a sealer and dental filling. After this a crown is placed over the original tooth to restore it back to its original condition. The procedure is minor, with a recovery time so quick you’ll likely be back at work or school the next day. Thanks to our modern dental practices and equipment, discomfort will be managed through pain medications, antibiotics, and other methods to make the entire process tolerable.

Q: What are signs I might need a root canal?

A: It is important to get attention right away if you experience prolonged swelling of the jawline, discomfort, or extreme sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. General discomfort, discoloration of the tooth, or having a permanently bad taste in your mouth are also potential symptoms of an infection. The longer you wait, the less likely procedure is to be completely effective, or even possible at all.

Q: What are the benefits of getting a root canal?

A: Any form of bodily infection should be treated as a serious matter. If left untreated not only will it continue to get increasingly painful, an abscess can very quickly become life-threatening by entering the bloodstream and causing toxic shock.  Antibiotics may suppress some of the symptoms temporarily, though they are unable to provide a cure to infected pulp. The most effective treatment is a root canal with the expert dental professionals of Total Care Dental in Madison.

A root canal utilizes a tooth crown to make the tooth appear, feel, and function just like it did before infection. Without a root canal, tooth extraction may be unavoidable.

Q: How painful are root canals?

A: It’s true, the root canal process can be uncomfortable. However, advancement in modern medicine and equipment has improved the process dramatically compared to even a decade ago. TCD Madison’s team of experienced dental professionals will work together with you to ensure the procedure itself as painless and quick as possible. We also provide you with the proper tools and pain management advice for when you leave our office. Whatever your dental concern may be, our team will form a plan concerning pain treatment that is designed specifically for you based upon your individual case.

Contact our Madison dentists for root canal therapy or request a dental appointment online!

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Total Care Dental offers multi-level payment options for a variety of dental care services at our Madison, WI location. Enjoy routine checkups, cleanings, x-rays, periodontal preventative care and more without the hassle of dealing with insurance companies that don't value your time or health needs.

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  • Low-cost monthly payments
  • 10% off additional treatments
  • Immediate Benefits
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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow
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Providing Free Dentistry to Patients in Need

The Share a Smile program allows the staff of TCD to give back to our local community. One day a  month, we provide free dentistry services to our neighbors in need. We work in partnership with the Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) and are looking to join with more churches, low-income housing facilities, and food pantries to expand our reach.

Check out our website to learn more about the Share a Smile program.  Even if you do not meet the eligibility requirements for free dentistry, our dental financing plans make preventative, cosmetic, and restorative services easily affordable for our Madison patients.


Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for complete oral health care at 608-274-1911 or Request a Dental Appointment online!