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Root Canals

Root Canals


If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal treatment.


Root canal treatment (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (also called the pulp) of a diseased or infected nerve. Root canal treatment is a process in which the infected pulp of a tooth is removed. After the infected pulp is removed the remaining pulp chamber is then treated for prevention of future infection and sealed. See the step-by-step process below for more detail. Some root canal cases result in a loss of the infected tooth and a crown becomes necessary. In 95 percent of the cases today, however, this is no longer true. We believe in saving teeth. We make every effort to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime! See our informative blog post about how to know if you need a root canal AND a crown.

What Makes a Root Canal Necessary?


If a cavity forms and is allowed to go untreated for too long, it can penetrate to the root pulp where an infection can occur. When the root pulp is affected in this way, the root can become abscessed, causing swelling and pain.


What Happens During Treatment?


1. First, we want to relieve any discomfort you might be experiencing and ensure your comfort throughout the treatment by numbing the affected tooth.


2. Second, we carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped. The root canal and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed. In some cases, we place a temporary medication in the tooth to control bacterial growth and reduce infection.


3. Third, a temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. Some cases vary. We will decide what is right for your case and do whatever is necessary to assure your comfort and satisfaction.


4. At the next appointment, we sterilize the inside of the tooth and take x-rays throughout the procedure to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed.


5. To complete the process, the root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed.


A Final Word


Throughout your root canal treatment, you may have questions or concerns not covered here. We will make every effort to ensure your comfort during root canal treatment. And we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to help you preserve your natural teeth for a lifetime, so you can smile with confidence!

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