Root Canals

Most patients dread when a dentist mentions the words “root canal”! In fact, it is not the actual dental procedure that causes the pain, it is the infection and inflammation of the damaged nerve tissue around the tooth that causes the pain. The professional team at Red Oak Family Dentistry offers gentle, yet effective, dental care treatment for all your root canal problems.

If you suffer from tooth decay that progresses through the layers of the tooth, you will notice that your tooth becomes very sensitive to temperature and pain. You may also suffer from swelling and an abscess may begin to form at the root of the tooth. If the condition is not treated, the infection will progress and may lead to further damage. Root canal therapy can save a tooth from extraction.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is one of the most efficient methods of relieving the pain, swelling and discomfort of an infected tooth and at the same time saving the tooth from extraction! During the procedure, the damaged nerve tissue is removed from the tooth and the canal is cleared of harmful bacteria. Once the canal is cleaned, it is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. The tooth then continues to function like any regular tooth.

Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and can be completed quickly. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

There are many advantages of saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment:

  • Natural appearance
  • Normal biting surface and efficient chewing
  • Protection of other teeth from excessive wear

Root canal therapy helps you maintain a natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment will last for a lifetime. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or a family member.