Root Canal Treatment

Root canals are routine dental procedures that involve removing the nerve tissue from the tooth and placing a filling material inside the root system. Think of it like a big filling that extends from top to bottom.

How do I know I need root canal treatment? Look for the following signs:

  • Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swelling of the face or inside the mouth near the teeth
  • Tenderness when chewing
  • Pain that wakes you up at night
  • A chronic infection is identified on a dental x-ray

When are root canals needed?

  • When a tooth is infected
  • When a cavity is too big and has invaded the nerve space (pulp chamber)
  • During some restorative dentistry in order to build up a broken or heavily-filled tooth to support a crown or bridge

Are root canals painful?

  • Contrary to popular belief, root canals themselves are not painful! At Horizon Dental we use recognized techniques and technologies and strive to provide a pain-free experience.
  • In some cases, the initial infection or “pulpitis” (nerve inflammation) can be excruciating, which may require the use of medications or special procedures to eliminate pain and infection.
  • The most common cause of root canal failure is persistent infection. For this reason, we use the Waterlase iplus Er:YSGG laser to ensure superior disinfection of the nerve system for better long term results.
  • Don’t let your concerns about root canals prevent you from saving your tooth. The only other option is to have the tooth removed.
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