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Root Canals

Every tooth has a soft inner core made of nerves and blood vessels. This inner layer is called the pulp. The pulp can get infected if it's exposed because of a large cavity, a broken tooth, or a broken filling. The pulp can also get infected because of injury to the tooth (whether you can see it or not,) or when a gumline infection spreads to the tooth.

The roots of your teeth have narrow channels called canals. Because the pulp extends downward through these canals toward the jaw bone, an infection of the pulp can be very serious and spread easily. A root canal protects your teeth, gums, and jaw by removing the infected tissue.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We can usually take care of a root canal during a single visit. As always, your comfort is paramount; we'll give you a local anesthetic to make sure the area is completely numb. We then drill a small hole to reach the pulp. We'll remove the pulp and completely clean and disinfect your tooth. We then add medication to the inside of the tooth and fill it with a manufactured replacement pulp to keep it from getting infected in the future. We'll give you a temporary filling to seal the tooth, and then follow that up with a protective crown.

You should experience minimal discomfort, if any, and should be able to eat and drink normally with no pain shortly after your crown is put in place.