Repair Teeth: Root Canals

You Can Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal

When most people hear the term “root canal,” they panic. Over the years, root canals have developed a reputation as scary, painful experiences. Thanks to today’s modern dental practices, that bad reputation is simply no longer deserved. Plus, Dr. Harris’ technical expertise and our entire staff’s commitment to compassionate care mean your root canal experience will be different. Your health and your comfort are important to us.

So, why a root canal? Root canal therapy is necessary to save your tooth when its interior pulp becomes infected or dies. How does that happen? Infections are caused when bacteria invade the tooth, like through a deep cavity. Sometimes a severe blow to a tooth, which can happen during sports, can cause the pulp to die.

Your tooth may be infected if:

  • It’s sensitive to hot or cold
  • The gums around the tooth are swollen
  • There is pain when you bite or put pressure on the tooth
  • Throbbing or severe tooth pain that doesn’t go away
  • You have a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away

Unfortunately, such tooth infections do not heal on their own over time. A root canal is your best option to save your tooth — which is preferred over pulling it.

If we diagnose an infection during your dental exam — which may include x-rays — we will recommend therapy to not only remove the infection and save the tooth, but also prevent the infection from spreading to your jawbone and beyond. We will also review options for after your root canal, which typically include a crown to protect the area long-term. Our goal is to keep your whole mouth healthy.

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