We offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.
The common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled.
Problems That May Require a Root Canal
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Blow to the tooth
- Repeat dental procedures on a single tooth
When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure.
Steps of a Root Canal
- You undergo anesthesia.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned.
- With special tools, the canal is reshaped.
- The tooth is filled with biocompatible filling material.
- A temporary covering is used over the access opening.
- Following a recovery period, you will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.