Root Canals

We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with filler.

A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.

Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling to tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay. This decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, the dentist can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth.

Procedure:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of the infected dental pulp
  • The tooth is cleaned, including all cracks and canal.
  • Using special tools the dentist will reshape the canals
  • The tooth is filled with biocompatible filling material
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
  • A permanent restoration will be required.