The Best Endodontic Care in Spartanburg and the Upstate

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC
Tom Snow
Google Review
No question - worth the drive! When my dentist saw I needed a root canal beyond the norm that he does in-house, he said I needed to see a specialist. I asked who he recommended – he immediately said Dr. Edwards. But since I’m from Greenville and Dr. Edwards is in Spartanburg, he started to think who else he might recommend closer to home. When I saw him “scratching his head” trying to think of another, I decided to go with his recommended expert and am I glad I did.
When I saw Dr. Edwards, he looked at my x-rays and told me that my canal was “missing” on that tooth. He said he’d do the best he could, but the probability was extremely low that he would be able to recreate the canal or save the tooth and he wanted to set my expectations correctly. Bottom line, Dr. Edwards was able to correct the problem, then set in a “drain” to get rid of infection and saved the tooth. This week was my 4-week checkup and all is back to normal. Seeing an expert is worth any extra drive and time. There are some things that you just don’t negotiate on – like your health. I highly recommend Dr. Edwards. Thank you, Dr. Edwards!

Spartanburg Endodontic Associates

Specialists in Endodontics

Since 1994, Spartanburg Endodontic Associates has specialized in surgical and non-surgical endodontic treatment. We also re-treat old endodontic procedures if warranted. Most procedures take about an hour. We offer sedation options if desired. If sedation is desired, please inform the receptionist at the time of the appointment.

Meet the Doctors

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

Dr. Edwards

Dr. Edwards has been in endodontic practice in Spartanburg since 1996. He is the longest actively practicing endodontist in Spartanburg.


Dr. Edwards graduated from Appalachian State University in 1987. Graduated from Medical University of SC in 1993 with a doctorate in dentistry. Graduated in 1996 from University of Louisville with a certificate in endodontics and a Master’s of Science in Biology.

Dr. Hill is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. He met his wife, Emilie Hill at Clemson and moved with her to Richmond, Virginia where she attended medical school and Dr. Hill attended dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Hill earned his doctorate in dental surgery in 2011.


They moved to Hanover, New Hampshire for his wife's medical residency training in internal medicine and Dr. Hill practiced as a general dentist for 3 years. Dr. Hill went to University of Florida for his endodontics residency and earned a certificate in endodontics and a Master's degree in dental science.


Dr. Hill is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. He is passionate about being an endodontist and strives to take excellent care of patients. He returned to Spartanburg and joined Dr. Edwards at Spartanburg Endodontics in 2017. He and his wife have 4 children and enjoy hiking and running at Croft State Park.

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

Dr. Hill

Are you suffering from Tooth Pain?

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, whether it is throbbing, sharp, dull or achy, it can be difficult to live with. Maybe it's hard to bite or chew. Hard to think and concentrate. Hard to get through the day. Hard to sleep at night. And you might not find any relief, no matter what over-the-counter medication you take for relief.

The source of the pain may be a cracked tooth, a damaged tooth, dental decay, an infection or gum disease. No matter what of the cause, if you continue to experience unending pain it’s time to see a dentist or endodontist near me to determine the cause and then be able to prescribe the proper course of treatment.

Could you have an Abscessed Tooth?

Experiencing pain while chewing, having inflamed gums, when your mouth or jaw is hurting, are all possible symptoms that you might have an abscessed tooth. These are just a few of the indicators that can happen when the pulp of the tooth is irritated, unattended, neglected, or dies. The pulp is the soft tissue in the canal of the tooth.

Typically, the resulting infection in or around the root can be very serious and needs to be seen by an endodontist who specializes in treating infected pulp and teeth.

An endodontist will generally treat your tooth abscess with endodontic surgery or a root canal procedure. Such a procedure first involves removing the bacteria from the canals within the root, the cleansing of the canals, the shaping of the canals, the filling of the canals, and finally sealing the canals.

After some time has passed and the endodontist has determined the treatment was successful, you'll need to visit your local dentist. They will look at the best treatment to safeguard and restore your teeth to full functionality. They might determine the best course of action to be a filling, a crown or another remedy based on what's best for the patient and if the patient has healthcare coverage.

The good news is that after full recovery and restoration, the tooth will continue to work like all your other natural teeth.

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

Reasons for a Root Canal Treatment

There are many practical reasons why you should try to save your natural teeth whenever possible. 


Saving your teeth should always be the first choice. Endodontic treatment helps maintain a natural smile. It allows you to continue eating the foods you love. It also reduces the need for continuing dental work on those teeth. If you take proper care of your teeth, those that have had proper treatments can last a lifetime. 


Treatment becomes necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the canal, becomes inflamed or infected.


There are a number of reasons why you might need a root canal:

  • Some type of impact or injury on the tooth

  • Cracks or chips in the tooth

  • Deep decay in the tooth

  • Previous dental procedures on the tooth

  • A faulty crown

Teeth can have pulp damage even if they have no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain, lead to a gum abscess, or worse.

Overview of a Root Canal Procedure

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Root canal procedures are used to treat, repair, and save a tooth that is seriously decayed or infected.


The procedure is performed when the pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue in the canal, composed of nerves and blood vessels becomes infected or damaged. During the procedure, the pulp is removed, and the inside is cleaned and sealed.

People tend to worry because, without the proper knowledge, they assume the procedure is painful. To the opposite, the majority of patients report that the procedure itself was no more discomfort than having a regular filling.


The actual discomfort a patient may experience is in the period leading up to seeking proper dental care. That is where extreme pain can occur, not in the procedure itself.

Alternatives to a Root Canal

There is only one alternative and that is by having the tooth extracted. Tooth removal is not only more expensive but will end up requiring a substantial increase in treatment time, as well as, additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.

Replacement can happen with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture. Any of these options can provide normal chewing function and help to prevent shifting of adjacent teeth.

Of course, if possible, the very best option is always to save your natural teeth. Your natural teeth will allow you to continue eating foods you love and maintain good nutrition. This is why endodontics is the treatment of choice.

Why would someone need Endodontic Surgery vs a Root Canal?

Sometimes a root canal procedure is not sufficient to save a tooth and your endodontist might need to recommend oral surgery. 


There are times oral surgery may be required to treat damaged root surfaces, treat the bone surrounding the tooth, or remove calcium deposits in the canal.


There are a number of surgical procedures that can be performed to save a tooth. By endodontic surgery, small fractures or hidden canals previously hidden on initial X-rays can be located.

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

Today, because of digital imaging, operating microscopes and other advanced technologies available in endodontics, these procedures can be performed easily, rapidly, and effectively.

Endodontics Specialists | Spartanburg SC | Upstate SC

The next few months after oral surgery, the bone will heal around the end of the root.


There’s no need for apprehension if your endodontist recommends this added measure.


At Spartanburg Endodontic Associates both endodontists are skilled in handling all of these procedures.

Post-surgical discomfort is typically mild.


Most patients can return to their normal daily activities the following day.

Cost of a Root Canal

The cost will vary depending on how severe the problem is, the tooth affected, and the treatment needed. The Team at Spartanburg Endodontic Associates will be glad to discuss costs with you before or after your initial evaluation.


Many dental insurance or health insurance policies will typically cover a portion of the initial visit. 


When you decide on a treatment plan with the Doctors, most dental insurance policies should cover a percentage of endodontic treatment. We accept all dental insurance. We are in-network with Delta Dental and Cigna.


Just ask and we will be glad to check with your provider to determine that information for you in advance.

Get Prepared: Here are your Pre-op and Post-op Instructions

Pre-op Instructions

Before you come to our office:


Bring an X-ray of your tooth or have your general dentist email an X-ray. If you don’t have an X-ray, we can take one at no additional charge.


Bring your referral card from your general dentist with the tooth number listed on the card. If you do not have a referral card, your general dentist can email a referral if necessary.


The majority of our patients do great with local anesthesia. If you need additional sedation options, we offer Nitrous Oxide and/or oral sedation at an additional cost. Please tell the receptionist if you want these options so the appropriate appointment time can be scheduled.


Please be prepared to fill out a health history form and list any medications you are taking.


Please bring your dental insurance card. We will help you determine your insurance coverage and help you file a claim.


Bring the name and address of the pharmacy you use in case we prescribe medications after the procedure.


If your general dentist practices outside of Spartanburg South Carolina, please bring the address of your general dentist so we can mail or e-mail a final X-ray to his/her office.

Post-op Instructions

After Oral Surgery or a Root Canal Procedure:


Wait at least an hour to eat to allow the filling to harden. It is best to wait until all the numbness has gone before you attempt to eat. This is to prevent chewing your lip or tongue and causing injury. Drinking liquids is OK. Usually, the numbness will wear off in 2-3 hours.


If you elected to be sedated during the procedure, you may be sleepy after the appointment is finished. A nap lasting for an hour or so after your appointment usually eliminates this symptom.


Some pain is normal immediately after an endodontic procedure. This can persist for up to a week depending on the severity of the infection in the tooth. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and or pain medication to help with the discomfort. If antibiotics are prescribed, please take the whole course prescribed for the best results.


If you have pain, start taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Please take according to bottle recommendations. Taking these medications before the numbness wears off can help with pain immediately after the procedure. If pain is still bothersome, you may take prescribed pain medications.


Ice can be placed on the area outside the tooth by placing ice in a zip-lock bag and holding it on your face. This can help with pain and swelling.


Do not apply heat. This can cause the tooth to swell or swell more severely.


Some procedures take more than 1 visit. This depends on the amount of infection around the tooth. An appointment will be made usually 1 month after your first visit to finish the root canal procedure. Please make every effort to return to our office to finish your procedure. If you cannot make your second appointment, call our office to have it rescheduled.


A temporary filling is usually placed in your tooth at the conclusion of the treatment. This filling can sometimes wear down and cause a slight hole in the tooth. Call our office if needed and we can replace or add to your temporary filling at no charge.


Once your root canal is finished, your general dentist will need to examine your tooth 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Please call your general dentist to set up an appointment.

FAQs

What is a Root Canal?

The term root canal defines the cavity in the center of a tooth. It is filled with a soft tissue called pulp where the nerves of the tooth reside.

 

A root canal treatment or procedure is used to restore teeth that are cracked, chipped, badly decayed, experienced trauma, or have become infected. In the procedure, the pulp and nerve are excised after which the canal of the tooth is prepared and sealed.

How do I know if my tooth pulp is infected?

When teeth that are cracked, chipped, decayed, experienced trauma, or are infected those tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp has become damaged. As a result, the pulp decays and bacteria grow and multiply.

 

Bacteria and other decaying fragments can cause infections or an abscessed tooth. Abscesses are pockets of infected fluids that form at the end of the root canals that then spreads past the ends of the roots of the tooth and the infect surrounding tissues. Such an infection in the tooth can cause inflammation that can spread to other areas of the face.

 

Abscesses can cause bone loss around the root of the tooth. Abscesses can create holes on the side of the tooth draining into the cheek, gums or the skin.

How does tooth pulp get infected?

When a tooth gets cracked, chipped, decayed, or experiences trauma the nerve tissue or pulp can become damaged. As a result, bacteria grow and multiply within the pulp of the canal causing infection.

Do I really need a Root Canal?

Your dentist or endodontist will take an X-ray to look at the canals to determine if there are any signs of infection or abscess. If they determine treatment is necessary then a procedure will be scheduled.

 

Treatment of the infected tooth is critical and time-sensitive. Otherwise, that tooth can infect the tissue surrounding it and dangerous abscesses can occur.

How painful is a Root Canal?

People tend to worry because, without the proper knowledge, they assume the procedure is painful. To the opposite, the majority of patients report that the procedure had no more discomfort than a normal filling.

What should I expect after Root Canal?

Some pain is normal immediately after the procedure. This can persist for up to a week depending on the severity of the infection in the tooth. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics and/or pain medication to help with discomfort.

 

Typically, taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) is sufficient for most patients. Taking these medications before the numbness wears off can help with pain immediately after the procedure.

What are the chances of a Root Canal failing?

Root canal treatments are extremely successful having more than a 95% success rate. This is especially true when the procedure is done by highly qualified endodontists such as Dr. Edwards and Dr. Hill. Many such restored teeth can last a lifetime.

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