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Root Canal

Root canal treatment may be needed if an infection has reached the interior pulp of your damaged tooth. Sounds long and painful, right?

Wrong. Gooch Family Dental in Birmingham, AL, offers virtually painless root canal treatments combined with convenient same-day crowns.

Learn more about the gentle, effective, and comfortable root canal treatment that Dr. Gooch offers...

A Root Canal Treatment and a Crown in One Visit? Yes, Thanks to Our CEREC® Same-Day Crown Milling Machine 

Dr. Burton Gooch can perform your root canal procedure and place a high-quality, permanent, custom-fitted crown in just a single visit using CEREC dental technology. In addition, he and his fellow Gooch Family Dental dentists are committed to ensuring your comfort by offering first-class gentle dental care combined with relaxing sedation options. Do not delay seeking care - contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is a Root Canal?

  • Decay and injury to a tooth, including a fracture, can expose its soft, inner pulp to bacteria. This can lead to a painful, potentially dangerous infection.
  • When the tissue within your roots becomes infected or inflamed, the condition can cause extreme discomfort, necessitating immediate care.
  • A root canal clears out the infection and any damaged tissue, saving your tooth from extraction. It also protects the weakened tooth with a lifelike dental crown.
  • Fortunately, our highly skilled dentists offer nearly painless, efficient root canal therapy at our Birmingham, AL, practice.

What Can Happen If I Don't Seek Treatment?


If the infection becomes too severe, your dentist may not be able to save your tooth. Extraction may be the next step.


If the affected tooth is extracted, you may need expensive dental implant surgery to stop your jawbone from shrinking, in addition to a restoration to fill in the gap between your teeth. 

Spreading Infection

Over time, the decay can create a hole in your tooth. Then the bacterial infection can spread to your jaw, teeth, and blood.

Severe Tooth Pain Could Mean an Infection Schedule an Exam with Dr. Gooch Today

If your tooth is infected, delaying treatment could lead to intense pain, an extraction followed by dental implant surgery, or the infection spreading to neighboring teeth, your gums, and or even your bloodstream. This is why getting your tooth checked now is of the utmost importance.

Dr. Gooch and his team will use the most advanced digital technology in dentistry, as well as gentle sedation dentistry, if needed, to make your root canal procedure and crown placement as comfortable and convenient as possible. Since everything is done in-house, there is no need to see an outside endodontist. 

If your tooth is hurting, use our painless online form to schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art Birmingham, AL, practice. Or feel free to call us anytime. We pledge to go above and beyond your expectations of what a dental experience should be.

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Sonja Player


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Brenda was OUTSTANDING!!! Very compassionate and caring ~ checking to make sure I was OK during the entire visit!!! Dr. Andrews and Brenda were VERY considerate and kept me informed during the root canal and crown process by addressing all my questions! When needed, I look forward to their assistance again!!! 

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The place is more than I’ve ever experienced at any dental office. It’s like being in a gorgeous hotel. And all office staff were very friendly and well trained. Of course most importantly, dentist Dr. Gooch and his assistant were superb. He was very professional, knowledgeable, focused, and personable...Highly recommend.

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Four Reasons to Choose Us for Your Root Canal

Number one

Greater Convenience

Because our dentists can perform every step of your procedure at our Birmingham AL, practice, you do need to schedule an additional appointment with an outside endodontist to perform your root canal.

Number two

Affordable Dental Care

Our office accepts insurance and offers in-house discounts, as well as convenient financing through CareCredit®, so you can keep your teeth healthy as affordably as possible.

Number three

Sedation Options

We offer both relaxing nitrous oxide, (laughing gas) and oral sedation to increase your comfort during your procedure. If you choose oral sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

Number four

Advanced Technology

All of our equipment is state-of-the-art, making every aspect of your root canal more efficient, precise, and comfortable. We truly practice a different kind of dentistry at Gooch Family Dental.

How Do I Know If My Tooth is Infected?

If your tooth is infected or the pulp is inflamed, you are likely an excellent candidate for a root canal. Common symptoms that point to the need for root canal treatment include:

  • Pimple or sore on the side of your mouth or gum that drains, or heals and returns
  • Pain and sensitivity during chewing
  • Generalized pain or an aching sensation
  • New sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Swollen gum tissue around the tooth
  • Large cavity, or broken or fractured tooth

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, schedule an appointment immediately to preserve your overall oral health. Dr. Gooch can use safe, precise digital x-rays and other advanced methods to quickly determine the cause of your discomfort.  

A Closer Look at a Root Canal

Root canal therapy, often simply referred to as “a root canal,” is a treatment performed by a dentist or endodontist to remove inflamed or infected pulp from within the root canals of an affected tooth. The "roots" are actually the hollow canals that house soft tissue, containing blood, vessels, and nerves which supply nutrients to the tooth. When this tissue becomes infected, it compromises your comfort, the health of your tooth, and your overall oral health. Left untreated, your tooth may abscess or the infection may spread to your surrounding tissue and even your jawbone. 

What Can I Expect? The Root Canal Timeline

During a root canal, your dentist will remove the unhealthy pulp and repair the tooth at our modern, comfortable Birmingham, AL, practice.
Your dentist will examine the crown and make sure it fits and looks as much like your natural teeth as possible.

Day of Procedure

Your dentist will examine the crown and make sure it fits and looks as much like your natural teeth as possible.
At the beginning of your appointment, Dr. Gooch will numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue. He will use a special rotary tool to make a small hole in your tooth. Then, he will clean out the infected pulp with another set of specialized tools and smooth your tooth’s interior surfaces.
To complete the root canal, Dr. Gooch will fill the tooth with a rubbery substance called gutta percha to strengthen its interior.
Precise 3-D digital imaging will be taken of your damaged tooth and sent to our on-site CEREC® milling machine. A beautiful porcelain crown, customized to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, will be created for you using advanced technology while you relax in one of our heated massage chairs. The milling process takes about an hour.
Your dentist will examine the crown and make sure it fits and looks as much like your natural teeth as possible. Then, and only then, will the crown be bonded in place to restore your affected tooth's appearance and function.



You may experience some minor sensitivity for a few days after your root canal, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. You should be able to get back to normal the day after your procedure. Keep brushing and flossing as normal to keep the area clean.

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Tabitha Williams


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My visit is AWESOME each time. The staff is always so professional and friendly. There’s never a wait for my appointment and the service is first class. I would HIGHLY recommend this office to anyone.

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Gooch Family Dental feels more like a serenity spa than a dental office! The staff is wonderful and hospitable and Dr. Gooch was thorugh and attentive! Looking forward to my next visit!

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Gooch Family Dental

Gooch Family Dental is dedicated to providing convenient, comprehensive dentistry to the community in Birmingham, AL. We take advantage of the latest dental technology to streamline treatment, and deliver fast, beautiful results. Our proud affiliations include:

  • The American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Birmingham District Dental Society
  • The Alabama Dental Association

You can learn more about our services, and schedule an appointment today by filling out our online form, or by calling (205) 991-9892.

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