General Dentistry

Root Canals

Do I really need a ROOT CANAL?!?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that may be recommended if the nerve of a tooth is infected (from decay), dead (from trauma), or has become hyperactive (from decay or trauma).

Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected due to decay or injury to the tooth, the pulp must be removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of each root. Once the infected pulp is removed, the remaining chamber is filled with a rubber-based material to seal it off and the tooth must be restored. A tooth becomes highly susceptible to fracture after a root canal procedure. The strength lost must be restored with a crown as soon as possible to prevent fractures or the need for additional root canal therapy. The process may seem scary, but it is actually pretty simple and pain free.

Luckily root canal therapy can be avoided with preventative measures and bite force analysis!

Fixing broken restorations surrounded by decay, balancing the bite, and managing clinching and grinding are the three easy ways to avoid a trip to a root canal specialist!

Before you choose root canal therapy, be sure that you have been evaluated by a dentist that can rule out other available treatment options.

Sometimes that lingering tooth discomfort can be addressed with more conservative options.