Root Canal Therapy

Endodontics is commonly known as a "root canal." Just the mention of the words normally produces fear. Unfortunately, root canals have the worst reputation of anything a dentist does, but the reputation today is unfounded.

With modern technology and procedures, we can often start and finish in one appointment, comfortably and relatively quickly.  And since endodontic treatment is 85-97% successful, depending on the circumstance, we can help save your tooth and keep you smiling. 

Why do you need a root canal?

There are a number of reasons why you may need a root canal. These include, but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve; a blow to the tooth that exposes the nerve; or a crack in the tooth that extends into the nerve of the tooth. It is also common for a tooth that has had multiple restorations over the course of its life to eventually die and need a root canal.

Signs/Symptoms

  • Moderate to severe lingering toothache pain when drinking hot or cold liquids or foods
  • Moderate to severe pain when biting on a tooth
  • Sensitivity to tapping or pressure on the tooth
  • Toothache that wakes you up in the middle of the night
  • A pimple on your gum that may release pus or blood
  • Radiating pain from one area of the mouth to another
  • An abscess that can destroy the bone around a tooth may be forming or have already formed.  Sometimes there is pain associated with the absess and sometimes there is no pain at all.

The Results

Despite the negative and chilling scenes in movies, root canals are relatively benign! We always insure that you are totally numb before we start, well cared for during the procedure, and comfortable after we are finished. You may need an "Advil" afterwards, but the alternative--an extraction--takes longer to heal and is more expensive to restore.