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Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is something you have all heard, but may not know exactly what it is. A root canal, or endodontic therapy, treats a tooth that may have become damaged or infected. It may also be recommended if the tooth has become damaged or decayed severely so future problems can be avoided.

The rumor that root canals are painful has been put to rest with modern technology and techniques. Our office has perfected this procedure to be no more uncomfortable than a dental filling.

Why Would You Need a Root Canal?

Everyone is different, and there are many different reasons why you may need a root canal. Always remember that only your Dentist can diagnose whether or not you may need a root canal. A well-known cause for needing a root canal can come from extensive tooth decay. Some symptoms include:

  • Tooth and gum discomfort or pain
  • Large cavities
  • Extreme sensitivities to pressure and temperature
  • Foul taste in your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes around the infected tooth

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Before doing anything, your dentist will go over your x-rays to determine the best course of treatment. Normally, after the anesthetic, your dentist will protect the tooth with a dental dam. After you are completely numbed, your dentist will remove the infection from the tooth and other tissues through the root canal. This is the longest part of the root canal procedure, and while you will feel pressure it is painless.

Once your tooth is cleaned out, your tooth will be sealed, filled, and sometimes capped with a temporary crown until your permanent crowned can be placed at your next appointment.

How Can I Prevent Needing A Root Canal?

You can help prevent needing a root canal and other major dental work by keeping up with these small things for your oral health. Our office will help keep your oral health perfect.

  • Brush and floss at least twice per day
  • Schedule twice a year checkups for exams and cleanings
  • Wear protective mouth guards when playing sports to help prevent oral injuries