Root Canals & Endodontics

Even if you have a tooth that’s diseased at the root, you have an option other than removal. Through a relatively simple root canal procedure, we can potentially save your tooth, thereby saving your smile!

What is the purpose of a root canal?

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria will be able to easily enter the pulp tissue and start an infection. If the diseased tissue is not removed, pain, swelling, abscess, damage to your jawbone and even more serious health issues can occur. Without the proper care, your tooth will probably have to be pulled. However, if you speak with our highly qualified team, we may be able to keep your tooth and smile intact by removing the infected pulp before it progresses.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Some signs that you might need a root canal can include severe toothache, pain when chewing or when pressure is applied, swelling, and tenderness in the surrounding gums. Take note, not all teeth that require root canal therapy are painful. Sometimes, more subtle symptoms are signs that a root canal is needed — symptoms like prolonged sensitivity to temperatures and a dark discoloration of the tooth. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact our office before the problem persists.

What happens during a root canal?

If we can save your tooth with a root canal, our attentive dentists will remove the affected tissue, clean and seal the interior of the tooth, and then fill the area with dental composite. A crown may be needed if your tooth is severely decayed. Once the procedure is finished, your restored tooth should last a lifetime if you practice proper dental care.

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