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Root Canals

Have you been advised your tooth may need a root canal? At DCOF, we can very often save you time and money by allowing your root canal to be performed in our office. Many teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal therapy. A root canal procedure is performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. The pulp cavity inside the tooth (that houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue) can become inflamed or infected due to a deep cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, or injury to the tooth. If the inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can result in pain or an abscess.

The actual root canal treatment consists of removal of the infected pulp, a careful cleaning and disinfecting of the inside of the tooth, and filling and sealing the canals and pulp chamber to prevent bacteria from entering. While many are comfortable with local anesthesia, our dentists at DCOF are happy to discuss using sedation dentistry to make you as comfortable as possible during your treatment. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.

Unlike other general and family dental offices, DCOF can perform both anterior and posterior (molar) root canals right in our office and often times in one visit. At DCOF, we can treat our patients without referring to an endodontist (root canal specialist) saving you time and money.

What are the signs that root canal therapy is needed? These include:

Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling replaced. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly painful, not the root canal procedure itself.