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Root Canal

Severe tooth pain may mean a bacterial infection has reached the inside of the tooth. Root canal treatment may be needed.

Our dentists, Drs. Chrisman and Wyse, can perform comfortable, precise root canal procedures using the latest dental care technology.

How can root canal treatment performed at Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bloomington, IL, be done with little discomfort to you?

Root Canal Therapy Offers Many Benefits

Provides Pain Relief

Root canal treatment can immediately relieve intense pain and sensitivity caused by chewing, biting, and drinking.

Saves Your Tooth

A root canal treatment performed by our skilled Bloomington, IL, dentists can strengthen a damaged tooth, clean out the pulp, and save it from being extracted.
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Prevents Need for Dental Implant Surgery

Instead of extracting the tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, our doctors can repair it with a natural-looking crown. This not only restores your bite, but allows you to avoid an invasive placement procedure. 


Protects Your Health

A root canal does not protect just your tooth. If a bacterial infection spreads, it can enter your gum tissue, jawbone, and bloodstream.

Here's What Root Canal Treatment Looks Like

This is how our dentists will safely remove damaged pulp, nerve endings, and more during a root canal. Dr. David Wyse and Dr. Jay Chrisman are vastly experienced in performing safe and gentle root canal treatment. Therefore, you do not need to see an outside endodontist should you suffer from infected teeth. In fact, our dentists expertly perform many kinds of cosmetic and restorative dental care procedures that would normally require you to see an endodontist. This may save you money as endodontists can be extremely expensive. 

I'm Nervous about Root Canal Procedure Pain

Root canal procedures have a bad reputation because the procedure was somewhat uncomfortable many years ago. This is no longer the case. According to studies published in the International Endodontic Journal:

54% of patients experienced no pain during a root canal

Drs. Chrisman and Wyse can combine local anesthesia with relaxing sedation dentistry at their family friendly Bloomington, IL, practice. This can ensure you are deeply comfortable and will experience little to no pain during your root canal procedure. 

Suffering from Pain in Your Teeth? Contact Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Now

You take a sip of hot coffee or bite down on a hard candy, and instantly wince from intense tooth pain. Our highly trained, prestigiously affiliated dentists will use the most advanced digital technology in dentistry to determine if an infection is causing your pain and if a root canal can save your tooth.

For comfortable, effective root canal treatment, Drs. Wyse and Chrisman are the best choice to relieve pain caused by an infection. They possess the skills of an endodontist and the compassion of a family member who wants the best for you.

Use our online form or give us a call to schedule your root canal consultation at our Bloomington, IL, practice, which has provided local patients with superior care for over a century. We also welcome patients from communities such as Champaign, IL.

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Is a Root Canal Right for You?

Dental infection is the most common reason that our Bloomington, IL, dentists recommend a root canal. You are likely a candidate for a root canal if you are experiencing any of these signs of infection:

  • Toothache that worsens with pressure or cold temperatures
  • Throbbing pain along your jaw and into your ears
  • Sores, or abscesses, on your gums
  • Dark stains inside your tooth
  • Chronic bad breath

Occasionally, root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy, can repair a cracked tooth if the crack does not extend past the gum line. Dr. Wyse and Dr. Chrisman can use advanced digital x-rays to make sure a root canal is suitable for you. Endodontic therapy is typically the most efficient, affordable, and conservative way to address dental infection. 

What to Expect During a Root Canal

"...a root canal generally involves little more than a gentle sensation of pressure."

Day of Procedure

"...a root canal generally involves little more than a gentle sensation of pressure."

Local Anesthesia

Prior to beginning a root canal procedure, your dentist will numb your tooth and gums. With our local anesthetic and modern advances in endodontics, a root canal generally involves little more than a gentle sensation of pressure. The numbing injection will be done as comfortably and quickly as possible. As mentioned, sedation is available if you're feeling nervous.

Removing Infected Tissue

Once the anesthetic has taken full effect, Dr. Wyse or Dr. Chrisman will create a small opening in your tooth with a special rotary tool. From there, infected pulp can be removed. The interior of your tooth and root canals will be reshaped, as well.

Sealing the Tooth

Next, your dentist will fill the areas that once contained pulp, blood vessels, and nerve endings with a sterile material called gutta percha. This soft filling acts as a sealant and prevents additional infection from developing in the future.

Recovery Is Short


You can rest at home or go back to work right after your procedure is done. You might feel some minor sensitivity in the treated tooth for a few days, but non-prescription pain meds should help. Brush and floss normally to keep the area clean. You might want to avoid using the tooth for chewing until your permanent crown is placed at a later appointment.

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Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been serving the community in Bloomington, IL, for 100 years, making us the oldest practice in town. We are constantly updating our practice with the latest technology and innovative techniques to provide first-rate dentistry for our valued patients. Our comprehensive services include

  • Emergency Dental Care
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Implants
  • Pediatric Dentistry 

Schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form, or by calling (309) 663-6393.

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