Root Canal (Endodontics)

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Root canals get a bad rap. While we understand it’s scary to hear your current condition warrants a root canal, we want you to understand that it’s not as bad as you think! The great majority of root canal treatments are non-surgical and are designed to save natural teeth and prevent the need to replace a lost tooth (or teeth) with dental implants, bridges or partials.

Dr. Drews treating a dental patient

What Caused My Predicament?

At the center of a tooth (below the enamel and the dentin) lies a soft-tissue called the pulp. The pulp is comprised of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue which is responsible for developing and nourishing the hard structure of the tooth.

Sometimes, due to decay, extensive restorations, or trauma, the pulp may become irreversibly inflamed or infected.

What Happens During a Root Canal?

Treatment is performed by removing the diseased or dead pulp tissue from each canal in the tooth. Front teeth may have as few as one canal, while back molars may have up to four or more.

The root canal spaces are thoroughly cleaned, shaped and filled with a material called “gutta percha” which is a biocompatible material that has been used successfully for decades. Root canal treatments can often be completed in one visit, however, difficult teeth with many or strangely shaped canals may require a second appointment.

Think You May Need a Root Canal?

Symptoms stemming from this condition include temperature sensitivity, persistent pain, swelling and sensitivity to pressure.

There’s no reason to suffer in pain and chance the situation getting worse when you can give us a call and let us help you get to the root of your pain.

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