Non Surgical Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerve that give sensation to your tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified swelling of the gums surrounding the tooth,  severe sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment is excellent. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if desired. You will be able to drive home after your treatment and you will likely be comfortable returning to your normal routine.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a follow-up restoration will be placed.  Generally, most teeth treated with root canal therapy will require full coverage crowns to prevent them from further structural breakdown.  There are limited situations when a bonded composite filling can serve as the final restoration following root canal.