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Endodontics / Root Canal

Root canal therapy is a safe and effective technique for treating toothaches and dental infections.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is utilized to remove the nerve tissue (also called dental pulp) from a tooth. It is performed by accessing the root canals and cleaning them using files and an antimicrobial agent. The root canals are then filled with a biocompatible material and the tooth is restored.

Is root canal therapy safe?

Root canal is a delicate and technical procedure. Like any medical or surgical procedure, there are risks. However, since the nearly two centuries that root canal therapy has been practiced, advances have been made to both the procedural technique and the materials used which have made it a relatively safe and effective procedure. When performed correctly, current literature reports success rates approaching 100%.

How do I know if my tooth needs a root canal?

Root canal is indicated in teeth which are either non-vital (necrotic), abscessing, or very inflamed to the point of severe and spontaneous pain. Numerous things can cause tooth pain or sensitivity. A thorough exam with x-ray imaging must be carried out to determine the exact cause of the pain or sensitivity and ideal treatment option.

What causes a toothache?

A number of things can cause tooth inflammation and necrosis. Dental decay that gets too deep, trauma from the bite or from an impact, or previous deep fillings, to name a few, can all cause toothache. It is important to establish the mechanism of a toothache before the cause can be addressed.