Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extractions, dental implants or bridges. A root canal is needed when the nerve of your tooth becomes infected or irreversibly damaged.
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:
  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical root canal treatment to eliminate the affected pulp. This 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 depending on the treatment required. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the likelihood of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you will likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine once the anesthesia wears off.


Following root canal therapy, the portion of the tooth that was used to access the pulp will be filled with a tooth colored filling material to properly ensure the root canal system is well sealed. A definitive restoration, often a crown, is needed following this treatment to protect your tooth as it becomes more brittle after the nerve and blood supply are removed during root canal therapy. Your dentist will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth and ensure the best possible long-term success. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.