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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is recommended as a last effort to save a tooth that would otherwise be extracted. With the use of today’s modern materials, a root canal can be as routine as a filling and can usually be completed in one to two appointments.

Factors that may affect recommendations for a root canal:

  • pain or discomfort with a tooth
  • cracks or fractures within a tooth
  • abscess or infection leading the pulp or nerve to die
  • a deep cavity that extends into the nerve
  • tooth anatomy for future restorative dentistry

How is a root canal performed to save a tooth?

During root canal therapy the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Then the hollowed inside of the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. After this the dentist will determine the ideal way to restore the tooth: either with a filling, onlay or crown.

How long does a root canal last?

Root canals have a high success rate. If properly performed and restored, a root-canaled tooth can last a lifetime.

Do I have to have a root canal?

Root canals are a last effort to save a tooth that would otherwise need extraction. If a tooth is extraction is the only option, please discuss with the dentist replacement options that may be available.