Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is a way to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Our primary goal is to help patients save their natural teeth whenever possible.
Root Canal Therapy is commonly performed when the dental pulp becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, old restoration, cracks, or trauma. Some signs that your tooth may need a root canal include prolonged sensitivity to cold or heat, sensitivity to biting, swelling or tenderness near the affected tooth, or discoloration in the tooth. In some cases, you will have no physical symptoms. Teeth may have one to four main canals depending on tooth position in the mouth. Root canal therapy can add decades of service to the tooth that otherwise would be extracted.
The procedure is typically done in one or two visits. During root canal therapy the pulp of the tooth is removed painlessly under local anesthetic and the roots are filled with a suitable filling material. As a result of removing the inflamed or necrotic pulp, your symptoms will subside, and the tooth will return to its normal state. After treatment is completed and the tooth is completely comfortable, your dentist will place a crown or a permanent restoration to strengthen and restore full function to the tooth. This is advised within a few weeks of having the procedure to ensure the long-term success of the tooth.
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