Root Canal Therapy

Having a toothache is the worst. For many patients, their greatest fear is coming to the dentist with a toothache and being told they need to have the tooth extracted. But what if there was another option? Often the reason extraction is recommended is because the tooth has decay deep into the root of the tooth. If you have a tooth that has decay that has reached the root, is extraction your only option? 

What is a root canal?

A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure where the infected tissues of the nerve and root canals of the tooth are removed, sterilized, filled, and sealed with an antimicrobial resin material to preserve the tooth.  With the aid of 3D digital technology, dental professionals can now see the entire root of the tooth, and ensure removal of all the decayed nerve tissue, to restore the tooth to health. 

What are the benefits of root canal (endodontic) therapy?

  • It can save teeth that may have otherwise been extracted
  • It restores the natural tooth to health with relatively little damage to the surrounding tooth structure
  • When properly treated and the restoration maintained, teeth can remain healthy for upwards of 10 years!

Do I need a root canal?

If you have a sensitivity to hot and or cold that lingers on contact, or pain, swelling, or bleeding in or around a tooth, you may have decay that has reached the nerve of your tooth. 

  1. Call Crossroads Family Dentistry and make an appointment for an examination 
  2. Clearly identify (if possible) the tooth that is causing you pain 
  3. Sit back and let Dr. Tyng and Dr. Arango take care of your pain! 

If you would like more information regarding root canal (endodontic) therapy, its benefits, and the process for treatment and restoration, call our office today!