What You Need to Know about Root Canals

What You Need to Know about Root CanalsA root canal, or endodontic therapy, is a special type of treatment that is used to preserve the long-term function of a tooth that would otherwise be at risk of extraction. Dr. Frame can use endodontic therapy to remove diseased or damaged soft tissue from the chambers of the tooth while leaving the external structures intact. This allows the tooth to continue to function as it should without pain, discomfort, or infection and eliminates the need for restoration.

Dr. Frame may recommend endodontic therapy if you have:

• A deep cavity
• Severe decay
• A traumatized tooth
• A cracked or broken tooth
• A badly injured tooth
• An infected or abscessed tooth

During the procedure, Dr. Frame will carefully numb the tooth with a local anesthetic. We will then remove the diseased pulp, and clean and shape the root canals inside the tooth. These canals are sealed to prevent further infection. In most cases, the permanent filling or crown is placed at a later appointment to complete the restoration.

Once the diseased tissue has been removed, the tooth can continue to function just as it did before. Endodontic therapy usually takes just one dental visit to complete and is no more uncomfortable than a dental filling. Getting a root canal treatment can save your smile.

Once the crown has been placed, good dental habits can keep the tooth healthy, strong, and functioning just like any other tooth. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame.

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