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What Is a Root Canal?

What Is a Root Canal
What Is a Root Canal

At High Street Dentistry, we understand that root canals have a bad rap, but the good news is that today’s advances in dental technology have made it much less painful and “scary,” with more than a 95% success rate. Our outstanding team is committed to providing exceptional care that will leave you with a positive and comfortable experience.

Root Canal Overview

A root canal or an endodontic treatment is a dental procedure required when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected or abscessed, severely decayed or injured, or if a nerve is damaged. There are various reasons a tooth can sustain damage. Bacteria from deep decay can reach all the way to the pulp and infect it, or an injury or trauma can cause inflammation. At times the pulp can become inflamed for no apparent reason. 

If left untreated, a root canal infection can cause complications, including swelling in the face or neck, tooth loss, or even infection draining into the gums, cheek, or skin. The only alternative to a root canal is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or partial denture, which is far more expensive and time-consuming than a root canal. The procedure preserves your tooth, relieves your pain, and can potentially prevent a dental emergency down the road.

Signs You Need a Root Canal

Symptoms of infection requiring root canal therapy include painful chewing, heat/cold sensitivity, tooth discoloration, or gum swelling or tenderness. In some cases, you’ll have no symptoms. That is why it’s important to keep up with your dental checkups every six months. During your appointment, we will x-ray and examine your teeth to diagnose and treat any condition before it progresses. 

What Is the Root Canal Procedure?

We will start with numbing the area using a local anesthetic and will administer sedation if needed. We will remove the diseased pulp inside the tooth, followed by cleaning, sterilizing, and sealing the space. After the procedure, you will need a dental crown to restore, protect, and strengthen your tooth. With proper care, your restoration can last a lifetime. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact High Street Dentistry to learn more about our gentle root canal treatments. Our highly trained and experienced team is committed to providing cutting-edge treatments and exceptional care. We look forward to helping you enjoy a healthy smile for years to come. Call us today!