Root Canal Treatment

When you have an infected tooth from decay, trauma, or gum disease, your body reacts as it normally does to fight an infection.

White blood cells and antibodies are sent to attack the infection, but there is not enough room in your tooth for them. The swelling and pressure inside cause the tooth pulp—which contains living tissue, blood vessels, and nerves—to die. The infection travels into the root canals of the tooth, reaches the bone at the tip of the roots and an abscess forms.

Root canal treatment is needed to remove the infection and save the tooth.

If the infection is not treated, it can spread to other teeth, into your jawbone, and in severe cases, into your bloodstream. It can become life threatening.

What’s the Root Canal Process?

Let’s start by reassuring you that our doctors will strive to ensure that your root canal treatment will be comfortable and pain free.

Local anesthetic will be used to numb the affected area.

  • A small opening will be made in your tooth to access the pulp and root canals.
  • We will clean out the dead pulp tissue and roots, into the very tips of the roots.
  • The canals will be disinfected and washed clean to remove any debris.
  • A dental filler material will be used to fill the canal space and keep bacteria out.
  • Our doctors will seal the access hole in the tooth.
  • You may be given an antibiotic to further treat the infection and ensure it is eliminated.
  • We will ensure that your discomfort after the procedure is very minimal. Some patients don’t feel any discomfort at all.


Root canal treatment should not be delayed. If you think you have a tooth infection, schedule an appointment right away. Some of the symptoms of an infected tooth are listed below:

  • Persistent toothache
  • Swollen gums ,pimple, drainage around a tooth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Unusual and prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold


As the affected area heals, you may feel some tenderness for a few days. You should not experience severe pain or pressure at all.

Your follow-up appointments are important to ensure the tooth is healing properly.  After your tooth heals, don’t neglect the final restoration.

Properly restoring it—usually with a dental crown—protects the weakened tooth from damage and future infection. Although the tooth was infected, if properly restored, it can last as long as your healthy teeth. We provide natural-looking dental crowns that match the color and characteristics of your own teeth.


Stages of a Root Canal:






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Keeping Ahead of COVID-19

Providing a safe environment for treatment and control for infectious disease is always a priority at Paul Stanovick DDS. Our expansive reception area and large outdoor deck provides space to easily support regulations surrounding social distancing. The treatment rooms provide an extra layer of protection as they are sanitized between each patient and provide clean air through air purifiers located in each room. You will see some changes during your next appointment as we have added precautions to protect patients and staff. You will be asked to enter the building with use of facial protection and asked to wear it until you are in the treatment room. Hand sanitizer is also available throughout the whole building for your use. You may notice that our magazine and children’s books have been removed from the reception area as they are harder to disinfect. We have installed plexiglass around our front reception area for added distancing between front staff and patients waiting for appointments. Air purifiers have been placed in every operatory with two larger purifiers in the front and back of the office. We have provided face shields, lab jackets and barrier gowns for all clinical staff. Our hours of operation will still remain Monday -Friday 8am-5pm. We are looking forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about treatment and the safety precautions we are taking here at the practice. If you would like to make an appointment you can give us a call or text 804.781.1919. Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your trust in us with taking care of your dental needs. Sincerely, Dr. Paul Stanovick, Dr. Brant Stanovick, and Staff.