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Why get a root canal treatment?
  • An Root Canal treatment saves a severely injured, cracked, or decayed tooth when its pulp (the inner tissue inside a tooth) become inflamed or infected.

  • If it is not treated promptly, pain or a tooth abscess results. 

  • Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan.

  • After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.

What are some common symptoms?
  • Tooth or gum pain, discoloration, or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold

  • A tooth abscess (pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone)

  • Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw

  • Sometimes an endodontic problem can exist without warning signs. In these cases, a Digital X-ray taken during a routine dental checkup will reveal the tooth damage.

What happens after I am diagnosed?
  • A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area

  • A small, protective sheet called a "dental dam" is used to isolate the tooth 

  • An opening is made in the top of the tooth and your dentist will remove the soft pulp and nerve 

  • The root canal is cleaned and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material

  • A temporary filling is placed for next step

  • Your dentist will then place a permanent restoration (crown) to protect the tooth    

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