What is a root canal?

Whenever possible, it’s better to save an injured or infected tooth rather than extract it. Saving your tooth allows us to preserve the relationship between your teeth and your periodontal bone, which is better for your long-term health. Plus, since you don’t have to worry about the added expense of replacing the tooth, saving a tooth makes good sense financially as well.

Certain conditions, such as infections and deep decay, may require that we remove the nerves and the tissue in the center of your tooth and its roots. This procedure, endodontic therapy, is most commonly known as a root canal. Before we proceed, Dr. Wahlers will make sure that you are completely comfortable and that you won’t feel a thing during your treatment. In fact, since people who need a root canal are frequently in pain, getting a root canal will often give you relief!

Once the tooth has been cleaned out and disinfected, the canals in your roots (this is where the name comes from) will be sealed with a dental material. In some cases, we will also recommend that the treated tooth be crowned to restore it to full strength.

If you are experiencing dental pain, please don’t suffer. Call us and we’ll get you in quickly so we can treat your condition and relieve your pain.

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