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Root Canal

Root canals are probably the most commonly misunderstood procedure in dentistry. They are often rumored to be very painful and uncomfortable, but due to advances in modern local anesthetic products, a root canal procedure is usually as painless as other common dental procedures. A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth is compromised by any number of irritants, including large cavities, cracks, or trauma. In response to these irritants, the nerve inside the tooth becomes infected and therefore needs to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that can result in bone loss in the jaw.

The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. We will then create an opening into the canal space within the tooth's root. We are then able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown in order to strengthen the tooth and prevent fractures. A crown will also improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.

"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". Highly effective local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases and over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve post operative discomfort. 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. If you are experiencing pain please call us so that we can help you!

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