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Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is the hollow space at the center of a tooth. This area helps to provide the tooth with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. When these canals become infected and/or inflamed, a root canal treatment must be performed. Without treatment, the natural cycle of the tooth can be thrown off which could result in losing the tooth.

Endodontics, the name for a root canal treatment, aims to stop the issues affecting the roots, such as infection. By removing the pulp in the roots, thoroughly cleaning the area, and filling it, the process of a tooth dying is halted. Once the procedure is complete, a natural looking crown is placed atop the tooth to give back a realistic look. The tooth can now act like a normal tooth and blends in seamlessly.

A tooth not fixed with a root canal treatment is more prone to falling out which can create a large number of other issues to deal with including bone deterioration, nearby teeth spreading, or needing dentures or an implant. Early detection of issues is crucial to successful root canal treatments. Some warning signs to look for:

  • Tooth pain (ranging from mild to severe, can lessen and intensify, could get worse when biting down)
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Tender gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Soft tissue asymmetry
  • Fractures or chips in the tooth
  • A bump in the gums

If you experience any of the symptoms above, give us a call to set up an appointment asap.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.