Root Canals

Our dentists may recommend root canal therapy to save a tooth whose pulp (nerve) inside has become infected. The treatment uses minimally invasive techniques in order to preserve as much of the tooth and surrounding tissues as possible.

Restore your Tooth in Only One Visit

When you arrive for your root canal treatment, the dentist will gently numb your teeth gums to eliminate any pain during the procedure.

Next, a hole will be drilled into your tooth in order to access the infected pulp or damaged nerve tissue and completely remove it using state-of-the-art dental equipment. After the pulp and nerve tissue has been removed, any debris left in the canal is flushed-out using a special solution.

The dentist will then insert topical antibiotics in the canal to get rid of any remaining infection, and then seal the canal with a rubber compound (gutta-percha).

Though the cavity has been filled, the tooth structure has been weakened. So a crown is placed over the restoration to both strengthen and protect the tooth. The crowns are fabricated from tooth-colored material to ensure your smile looks natural.

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Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

Many dentists recommend root canal therapy because it is highly effective and successful, and allows you to keep your natural tooth. Preserving your original teeth offers both cosmetic and functional benefits. It helps to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted, leaving a gap that may allow other teeth to shift out of position and affect your bite and smile.

It also helps to eliminate the additional cost of subsequent dental work to replace a missing tooth, like bridgework, dentures, or implants. These options (except implants) don't provide stimulation of the jawbone, which may lead to loss of bone tissue and cause you to look older.

Am i a candidate for root canal therapy?

Most cases of cavities or infections that cause the nerve tissues in the tooth to be exposed can be treated with root canal therapy, as the only alternative to tooth extraction. If you have any concerns about your case or would like to learn more about endodontic treatment, please schedule an initial exam and consultation with our dentist.