Root Canal Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Save Your Tooth With Root Canal Treatment

In most cases, the unfortunate toothache or infection can be easily treated in our office. We use proven technique and modern materials. Patients say there is little to no discomfort, and most of all, they are happy to be free of dental pain and are glad they did not have to lose a valuable tooth.

Root canal therapy is a treatment used to save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.

A root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the diseased internal portion of the tooth located in the canals of the roots of the teeth are removed. The canals are then cleaned and sealed. You may or may not be prescribed antibiotics following the treatment. Your dentist will make a recommendation that makes sense for your specific treatment. 

No one likes to be in pain. We promise to do our very best to make sure your dental care is pain-free. We offer various options to keep you comfortable during your visits. Sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) oral sedation are just a few options available to you. Minimizing any discomfort or anxiety you might have is your priority therefore it is ours.

Endodontic treatment  is necessary when the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. If this inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain and eventually lead to an abscess.

Signs and symptoms of endodontic problems include:

  • Inflammation and tenderness in the gums.
  • Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold foods.
  • Tenderness when chewing and biting.
  • Tooth discoloration.
  • Unexplained pain in the nearby lymph nodes.

On the day of the procedure a local anesthetic will be typically be administered, unless you and your dentist have discussed other options.

  1. The first step in a root canal procedure is to gain access to the inner tooth. If a temporary crown and post have been placed, these will be removed.
  2. Next, filling material and obstructions that block the root canals will be removed. Small  instruments will then be used to clean and reshape the root canals. X-rays may be taken to ensure that the roots are thoroughly clean. 
  3. When the root canals are completely clean, gutta-percha is used to pack the space. This rubbery material seals the canals to prevent bacterial invasion.
  4. Finally, a temporary crown or filling is applied to tooth. At a later date, the color-matched permanent crown will replace the temporary crown.

For more information on Root Canals, please visit the American Association of Endodontists.

If you are experiencing discomfort or tooth pain, please make an appointment as soon as possible.