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ROOT CANALS

Root canal therapy is the best way to restore a tooth that has become infected due to extensive tooth decay or fracture. Root canals have a bad reputation, but these treatments save the tooth and actually make you feel better!

 

Signs you need a root canal

-Pain that occurs spontaneously

-Pain that occurs when biting

-Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night

-Extreme sensitivity or pain to cold or heat

-Swollen gums

-Discoloration of a tooth

 

Ignoring these signs or symptoms can be detrimental to your oral health, and may lead to further complications including increased pain or a dental abscess.

 

What to expect during your procedure

For most patients, a root canal can be performed in a single visit. However, if your tooth was severely infected, our doctors will opt to place a medication in your canals for one or two weeks before completing the root canal.

After full anesthesia is achieved for the tooth being treated, a small hole will be made and various instruments will be used to remove infected material. Then, your tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. After treatment, it is normal to experience sensitivity or slight pain for the next few days.

It is important to remember that teeth with root canals have a higher percentage of fracture and most likely will need a porcelain dental crown to provide a full coverage restoration.