Addressing Infected and Abscessed Teeth

A root canal is an endodontic treatment necessary for addressing infection and keeping your smile healthy. While some patients may wish to avoid a root canal due to the procedure’s undeserved reputation, we ensure you that root canal treatment is a safe and comfortable procedure. With root canal treatment, your Rochester dentists, Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, and Dr. Brodersen can help you maintain a whole and healthy smile.

Who Needs a Root Canal?

How do you know if you need a root canal? Typically, a root canal is recommended for patients who have an infected or abscessed tooth. The root canal procedure allows Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, or Dr. Brodersen to restore the tooth to full health and function, potentially avoiding the need for extraction. Common symptoms of a tooth experiencing advanced decay or infection include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Toothaches
  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Fever
  • Swelling near the tooth

If you encounter one or more of these symptoms and they persist after 48 hours, schedule a consultation with our Rochester dentists. We will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and gums to diagnose the issue and recommend treatment, which may include a safe and comfortable root canal procedure.

What Does a Root Canal Involve?

After administering anesthetic, Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, or Dr. Brodersen will open the tooth in order to remove the infected tissue. The tooth and tooth roots will then be cleaned and disinfected. A special restorative filling will be added to the tooth.

How Will My Tooth Look After the Procedure?

After placing the filling material, we will add a dental crown to the tooth. The crown covers the visible portion of the tooth, protecting the remaining tooth structure and preventing further infection or decay. The crown is designed and fabricated using lifelike dental materials, including porcelain. With CEREC technology, we can create single day crowns that can be placed during the same visit. Placing a restoration on the tooth helps ensure your tooth looks natural and blends with the rest of your smile. If you have any questions or concerns regarding root canal treatment or our dental restorations, then contact Dr. Calcagno, Dr. Voltidi, or Dr. Brodersen today.

Find Out if You Need Root Canal Treatment

If you need root canal treatment, then speak with us about how we can preserve, protect, and restore your tooth completely. To schedule a consultation, call Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. Conveniently located in Rochester, MN, our office also welcomes patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.

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