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Root Canals

Root canal treatments are a relatively simple procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

What is the purpose of a root canal?

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can infect the nerve tissue. A root canal treatment may be prescribed to restore function to the tooth. While the nerve of the tooth is necessary during development, it is not vital for function thereafter. Because of this, we are able to remove the nerve, seal and fill the canal, and restore the function of your tooth. If these infections are left untreated, pain and swelling may persist, and it can not only injure your jawbones, but it is also detrimental to your overall health. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may also need to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact us immediately.