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When it comes to the health of your smile, you have two options.

  1. Take preventative measures to protect your smile by flossing daily, brushing at least twice a day, and keeping regular dental appointments.
  2. Seek evaluation and treatment whenever any type of issue arises with your oral health.

After the baby teeth fall out, we all only get one set of permanent teeth in our lifetimes, so caring for your smile is essential. At Peninsula Dentistry, we understand that many people do not like visiting the dentist. Perhaps an unpleasant experience left an impression that all dental visits are awful, or maybe you just feel that dental visits are inconvenient. We get – we really do. However, not taking care of your smile will result in permanent damage that will cost you a great deal of time and money to correct. If an unexpected issue arises with a tooth, it is critical that you have it looked at as soon as possible to save your tooth and eliminate any pain associated with it.

Root Canal Therapy

An infected tooth is one of the most painful experiences people have. That is because deep within each tooth is the pulp of the tooth, which consists of the blood vessels and nerve endings that supply life to the tooth. If damage to the tooth occurs or infection reaches the inner layer of a tooth, the nerve endings will be continuously attacked and will shoot intense pains throughout your mouth.

Root canal therapy is an endodontic procedure that is done to save the tooth and eliminate the pain. A root canal involves cleaning out the inside of the tooth to remove all infections. Once the tooth is cleaned out, the tooth will be treated with a medication to kill any lingering bacteria and prevent future infections from occurring. The tooth will then be filled with a rubber-like substance, and a custom crown will be placed on top of the tooth. The entire procedure is done under local anesthetic so that you will not feel any pain. If you need more in the way of relaxation for the procedure, sedation dentistry can be administered to help keep you calm and free from any discomfort.

It is a misunderstanding to associate root canals with pain. Root canal therapy is a procedure done to alleviate pain and restore your tooth.

At Peninsula Dentistry, we are here for all of your oral health care needs. If you have a painful tooth, please do not ignore it. Call our practice today for an appointment to protect your smile.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
FAX: (843) 577-4653

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Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients. Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his…

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538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
FAX: (843) 577-4653

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Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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