Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation where we will diagnose your tooth and determine what needs to be addressed. If treatment is recommended then you will have the option of having the treatment that same day. We take a conservative treatment approach and sometimes our patients are surprised to find they DO NOT require root canal treatment. If however, we determine root canal treatment is required to save your natural tooth, we will then fully discuss with you all the treatment options, risks and benefits. All of our services and procedures use state-of-the-art technology including Digital X-Ray and Microscopy.
Services & Procedures
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures with well over 14 million performed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
We understand that emergency situations do arise and we will do everything to respond to you as quickly as possible. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled or should swelling develop, please contact our office immediately so we can take appropriate measures.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Root Canal Re-treatment
With appropriate care, most teeth that have had endodontic (root canal) treatment can last as long as other natural teeth. However, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment may fail to heal or the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after a successful treatment. A retreatment may be needed.
Root canals are generally all that is needed in order to save teeth that have become infected or had trauma to them. On occasion, a root canal alone cannot save the tooth and surgery may be recommended. Surgery can also be used to diagnose fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on xrays but still cause pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces and surrounding bone can also be treated through endodontic surgery.
Dental Implant Consultation
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth/crown in place. Although we don not perform dental implant surgery at our practice, we do have the knowledge, technology and expertise to help determine if the tooth is savable and even recommend your best course of action.