Root Canals

Every tooth we have has a pulp that runs down the center of it. If that pulp were to become distressed or injured, a root canal may need to be performed to remove the pulp. Your dentist, or an endodontist who specializes in this procedure will perform it. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned, and a restoration such as a composite filling or crown is placed to restore strength to the tooth.

Reasons you may need a root canal:

  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
  • Decay
  • Cracked or chipped tooth
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth

Symptoms of needing a root canal:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and/or cold
  • Darkening or “graying” of the tooth
  • Swelling
  • Sometimes there are no symptoms at all

Should a root canal be recommended, we would want you to have it done as soon as possible. If you were to wait too long, you may develop deep decay or an abscess, which may result in tooth loss. Saving teeth is a dental professional’s priority, and that’s what we want to do for you!

If your planner is filled weeks in advance and you need a visit to the Dentist, give us a call. With early morning hours, noon appointments and downtown availability, we can accommodate your busy schedule and get you back to tackling the challenges of everyday life!