Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment: Save Your Tooth with Modern Dentistry

Root canals are the most common treatments performed in our endodontics office. Even if a tooth is severely infected, there are ways to clean out the infection and save the structure of the tooth. This treatment is a great alternative to tooth extraction and offers a long-term treatment that protects both the appearance and function of your smile.

When decay spreads into the tooth’s interior, it can cause the inner pulp to become infected. Often, this deep infection is painful, requiring immediate services to help you feel better as soon as possible. A root canal filling treatment removes the inner pulp to eliminate the infection. As a result, your pain goes away, and you can maintain the natural tooth structure. A good root canal can last a lifetime.

How a Root Canal Treatment is Done

Several specific steps are followed to ensure the success of your root canal treatment:

  • Local anesthesia for pain management:
    First, we use a local anesthetic to block the nerves that are connected to the targeted tooth. This numbing ensures your comfort during the appointment.
  • Accessing the inner tooth:
    Once the tooth is numb, the endodontist creates an access hole and drills into the center of the tooth. The goal is to remove the pulp, clean out the infection, and shape the canals.
  • Filling the empty space:
    Now that the inner portion of the tooth has been removed, it’s time to fill in the open space to preserve the overall structure of the tooth. Durable composite material is placed inside, and the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling.
  • Final restoration over the visible area:
    Your endodontist will next recommend that you return to your general dentist to place a crown over the treated tooth to add extra protection and support. 

The good news is that modern technology makes a root canal treatment as painless and simple as a basic dental filling. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our root canal experts nearby to learn about the best root canal procedure for you! 

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