Is It Time For a Root Canal?

If you have serious discomfort in your tooth, the kind that makes eating difficult, then it may be time for a root canal. We often recommend endodontic treatment to repair fractured teeth and address dental infections. Treating an infection can help save the tooth and avoid potential extraction. We take steps to ensure the procedure is comfortable and leaves your smile looking whole and lifelike.

Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment

Question: When do I know I need treatment?

Answer: Sudden pain is often a sign of an infection. You may notice swelling around a tooth, a poor tasting discharge, fever, or pain when you bite down or chew. If you experience similar symptoms then please contact the office to discuss treatment and have your smile examined. You may require an endodontic treatment to avoid losing the tooth.

Question: What happens if I delay my visit?

Answer: Without treatment the infection may eventually cause the tooth to die. At this stage, the tooth will need to be removed to prevent infection from spreading to the other teeth or into the jawbone. To keep your smile whole talk to your dentist about root canal treatment today.

Question: How does a doctor perform a root canal?

Answer: The doctor will open the tooth to remove the infected tissue. At this stage, the doctor cleans the inside of the tooth and the root canals, adding a restorative filling afterward. Finally, the tooth is capped with a crown, which looks natural and protects the structure from further infection.

Question: Will the procedure be comfortable?

Answer: Yes. Prior to the procedure the doctor will administer a local anesthetic. Many patients find the procedure similar to receiving a dental filling. If you have any questions about our endodontic treatments then contact our office today.