Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal?
When cavities are left untreated or a tooth is fractured, the inside of the tooth (dental pulp) may become infected. A root canal is completed to remove the infected pulp (center of the tooth) and prevent the infection from spreading to adjacent healthy teeth. Depending on the severity of the infection, a root canal is a relatively quick procedure and can be completed in one appointment. You may benefit from a root canal if you experience one of the following:
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Cavities that have extended into the pulp
- Discomfort when chewing on a specific tooth
- Fractured or broken tooth
Check out the video below for a quick, yet thorough explanation of root canal therapy.
What happens after root canal therapy?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. You should contact their office for a follow-up restoration within a few weeks of completion at our office. Your restorative dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.
A painful tooth can drastically affect your daily activities; however, our board-certified endodontist is trained to provide immediate pain relief, remove the infection and get you back to your normal daily activities.