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Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, involves the removal of the soft tissue pulp that lies just below the tooth’s hard surface, known as the enamel and dentin. The pulp holds the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels that are necessary for tooth growth during development. Sometimes, the pulp becomes inflammed due to infection, decay, or trauma. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

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How to tell if you need a root canal

The overwhelming clue as to whether or not you need a root canal treatment is pain. Pain will likely be associated with eating or drinking something cold. You may also experience difficulty chewing or biting on a specific tooth. In some cases, a broken tooth may expose the nerve.


Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your smile by preserving your natural teeth. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.

Root canal treatment is virtually painless thanks to modern techniques and effective anesthesia. Patients who have root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as painless than those who have a tooth extracted. 

Root canals are more affordable than having a tooth extracted and replaced with an implant or bridge. 


First, a rubber dam is placed to isolate the tooth being treated. In order to obtain access to the pulp, a small opening is made in the top of the tooth using a dental drill. Next, the pulp is removed using hand and rotary files. Disinfectant is then placed into the root canals to ensure all infection is removed. The pulp is then replaced with a soft, safe, rubber like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.

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