Root Canal

Root Canal / Endodontics

Root canal treatment, or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.

We test for root canals by looking for signs of infection and/or swelling and by looking at the color and strength of the tooth. X-rays can also be taken to look for possible root canal development. It's important to remember that root canal treatment may be necessary even if you are not experiencing pain.

RISKS IF LEFT UNTREATED:

  • Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth
  • Pulp infection worsens and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone
  • Infection weakens the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful
  • Sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets
  • Pain and swelling in the mouth
  • Pain with biting or pressure
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Tooth extraction may become necessary
  • May lead to more expensive and painful treatments

BENEFITS OF TREATMENT:

  • Infected tooth pulp is cleaned out
  • Canals of the tooth are disinfected
  • Avoid tooth extractions
  • Saves time and money on treatments
  • Helps prevent further infection

Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.