Painless Treatment With the Best Endodontist in Iowa

Dr. Peek and female patientRoot canal treatment, often misrepresented, is a highly effective dental procedure designed to save a tooth from being removed while relieving the pain and preventing further issues. If you’re facing the possibility of needing a root canal, you’re in good hands with Dr. Derek Peek, our skilled board-certified endodontist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

With a proven track record of helping patients from all corners of Iowa, Dr. Peek brings knowledge and experience to provide the finest root canal therapy available. Contact our Cedar Rapids office today at (319) 382-8002 to schedule an appointment. 


What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, aims to save a tooth with severe infection, decay, or damage. This treatment becomes necessary when the pulp, the innermost part of the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed due to deep cavities, cracks, or trauma. Instead of extracting the tooth, our Cedar Rapids endodontist can remove the infected pulp, clean the interior, and seal the tooth, preventing further infection and restoring its function.


Why Choose Dr. Peek?

With Dr. Peek, you’re in the hands of a board-certified endodontist who utilizes advanced techniques such as the GentleWave® Procedure for efficient root canal therapy. Our practice prioritizes your comfort and convenience, accepting all major dental insurance plans. With Dr. Peek, root canal therapy is a painless and gentle procedure that alleviates pain allowing you to live your life without dental discomfort.


When Is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the innermost part of a tooth, known as the pulp, is compromised. Here are some scenarios in which a root canal treatment from our Iowa endodontist, Dr. Peek, becomes a good idea:

  • Severe Toothache: If you experience a persistent and severe toothache, especially when biting or applying pressure, it could indicate pulp inflammation or infection.
  • Gum Swelling: Swelling and tenderness in the gums near a specific tooth might indicate an underlying infection.
  • Discoloration: Darkening or discoloration of a front tooth could indicate damage or infection within the pulp.
  • Pimple-like Bump: The appearance of a pimple-like bump on the gums, often accompanied by pain and discharge, suggests an abscess, which requires diagnosis and attention.
  • Cracked or Fractured Tooth: A cracked or fractured tooth exposes the pulp to bacteria, necessitating a root canal to prevent infection.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, lasting even after the liquids are removed, can signify an upset tooth pulp.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact our office as soon as possible by calling (319) 382-8002.


Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Dr. Peek and male patientRoot canal treatment offers numerous benefits making it the preferred option over tooth extraction. Aside from receiving unmatched care from our endodontist, other benefits of treatment include:

  • Tooth Preservation: Unlike extraction, a root canal painlessly preserves the natural tooth, maintaining its function and appearance.
  • Pain Relief: Root canal treatment relieves the intense pain associated with infected pulp, providing immediate relief.
  • Improved Oral Health: By removing the infection, root canal therapy improves the health of the bone around your teeth promoting better oral health.
  • Efficient Chewing: The restored tooth allows for efficient chewing and normal biting force, enhancing overall digestion.
  • Natural Appearance: Since the natural tooth is preserved, there’s no change to the smile’s aesthetics.
  • Cost-Effective: Root canal treatment is usually more cost-effective than extraction followed by tooth replacement options like implants or bridges.


What is the GentleWave® Procedure?

The GentleWave® Procedure is a less invasive and less painful root canal alternative. It is redefining root canal therapy with a minimally invasive process that preserves tooth structure and promotes early healing. 


What are some GentleWave® Procedure facts?

  • Over one million root canal patients have been treated…and counting
  • 96.6% of patients report mild to no pain after the procedure
  • 92.1% of patients were treated in a single visit
  • 97.7% healing rate at 12 months


Diagnosis and Assessment

The process begins with a thorough examination of the tooth, often supported by X-rays and a digital 3D CBCT scan. This step helps Dr. Peek evaluate the root canal anatomy, pinpoint the infection source, and plan the appropriate treatment. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, Dr. Peek will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding area, ensuring a painless experience.

Pulp Removal

Instead of relying solely on manual instrumentation, our revolutionary GentleWave® Procedure employs multisonic energy and fluid dynamics to thoroughly clean and disinfect the root canal system. This process reaches even the tiniest intricacies of the root canal anatomy, efficiently removing bacteria, debris, and infected tissue.

Canal Cleaning and Filling

Our board-certified endodontist will carefully clean, shape, and disinfect the tooth’s interior, including the root canals. The cleaned interior is then filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This material seals off the root canals preventing further infection.


To restore the tooth’s strength and functionality, Dr. Peek will place a temporary or permanent dental filling on the treated tooth. This restoration will protect your tooth until you return to your general dentist for the final crown restoring your normal biting and chewing.


Root Canal Treatment Aftercare Tips

Dr. Peek and pediatric patientAfter undergoing a root canal treatment, it’s essential to follow proper aftercare to ensure a smooth recovery and maximize the procedure’s success. Here are some valuable aftercare tips to keep in mind:

  • Maintain Oral Hygiene: Continue your regular oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing gently to keep the treated area clean.
  • Soft Diet Initially: For the first few days, opt for softer foods that won’t strain the treated tooth. 
  • Manage Discomfort: Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide relief, but consult your dentist before taking any medication.
  • Avoid Chewing on the Treated Tooth: Refrain from using the treated tooth for biting on hard objects or foods to prevent any potential damage.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Scheduled follow-up appointments are crucial for your dentist to monitor your healing progress and ensure the success of the treatment.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is root canal therapy painful?

Root canal therapy is usually not as painful as its reputation suggests. Modern techniques and anesthesia make the procedure relatively comfortable for most patients. The goal of a root canal is to relieve the pain caused by an infected or damaged tooth pulp. You might experience discomfort due to inflammation, but this can often be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and/or antibiotics.

How long does root canal therapy take?

The duration of a root canal procedure depends on various factors, including the tooth’s location, the case, and the extent of the infection or damage. A straightforward root canal treatment can take about 30-45 minutes. However, some procedures might require multiple appointments to complete the entire process.

Will I be awake for root canal therapy?

Yes, you will be awake during a root canal procedure. However, your dentist or endodontist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. 

Does insurance cover root canal therapy?

In many cases, dental insurance does cover at least a portion of the cost of root canal therapy. However, the extent of coverage can vary depending on your insurance plan. Contact your dental insurance provider and discuss your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket costs before undergoing the procedure.

Exceptional Root Canal Care From Iowa’s Best Endodontist

With a commitment to preserving your natural tooth and relieving discomfort, Dr. Peek has garnered recognition for exceptional root canal treatments. Whether you’re dealing with pain or require a consultation, rest assured that you’re in the care of a specialist who has positively impacted patients across the state. Your path to a healthier smile starts here with Dr. Peek and our dedicated team.

Call our Cedar Rapids, IA, office at (319) 382-8002 to schedule your root canal consultation. We welcome new and existing patients from Davenport, Iowa City, North Liberty, and beyond.