Endodontic Therapy/Root Canals

About The Procedure

Sometimes the only way to save a tooth is a root canal. Situations that require root canals can vary. In most cases, an infection caused by tooth decay is the culprit. Other possible causes could be a fractured tooth or a necrotic or dying tooth.

During a root canal procedure, an opening is made through the top of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged, and shaped. The root canals are then filled. In some cases, a post may be placed in the root canal as structural support. The top of the tooth is then restored to its original shape. We routinely provide this service for our patients. However, occasionally referrals to the endodontist, or root canal specialist are appropriate.

Sometimes patients experience post-procedure pain. Our doctors will ensure that you are completely numb and pain-free during the actual root canal procedure, but it may take three to seven days for the tooth site to heal.

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