Root Canal

Tooth Anatomy

The term "Root Canal" usually elicits a cringe, but it doesn't have to be a traumatic experience. In fact, the usual result of a root canal is the resolution of pain and sensitivity. We make every effort to make your experience a comfortable one.

When a tooth becomes infected internally, it is often impossible for your body to be able to fight off the infection. The infected tissue inside the tooth needs to be removed. If left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess in the bone surrounding the tooth. This can lead to pain, swelling, and bone loss in your jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. We will create an opening into the tooth, remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the tooth has been disinfected, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth and will greatly reduce the long-term risk of fracturing the tooth..

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. Over the counter medications are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. 

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