Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerves that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

The injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we can provide any of our sedation services in conjunction with treatment.

What happens after treatment?

Because a root canal weakens the middle of the tooth, molar and premolar teeth will usually require a crown in order to prevent the tooth from fracturing.  If the tooth has an existing crown, usually we can keep the existing crown and simply place a filling.  Your front teeth usually only require a filling to restore after a root canal.