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A root canal treatment is a safe way to save your teeth and takes about 1-3 visits. A restored tooth can last a lifetime if you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular Oral Wellness Visits. As long as the root of a treated tooth is nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.

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Signs a Root Canal is Needed

  • Tooth or gum pain
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tooth is tender when touched
  • Tooth abscess [pus enclosed in the tissues of the jawbone at the tip of an infected tooth]
  • Pus drainage in your mouth
  • Swelling or tenderness in the lymph nodes under your jaw
  • Tooth damage seen on an x-ray
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Root Canal Expectations

  • A local anesthetic is applied to the affected tooth and surrounding area
  • A small, protective sheet, called a dental dam, is used to isolate the tooth to keep it clean and free of saliva during your procedure
  • An opening is made in the top of the tooth and we will remove the soft pulp and nerve and then shape the interior for filling
  • The root canal is cleaned, medicated, and filled with a rubber-like biocompatible material called gutta percha
  • The filling is placed
  • A permanent restoration, such as a crown, is placed to protect the tooth

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Your oral health is our priority. A healthy mouth is the gateway to a healthy body.

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