A root canal is the space within the root of a tooth. It is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber (within the coronal part of the tooth), the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root.

A common misconception is that a root canal is an uncomfortable procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal discomfort.

Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment include:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
  • Trauma to the tooth

When left untreated, these problems can allow severe tooth decay to reach the root of the tooth which can cause extensive damage. We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of their treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide the highest standard of care in order to maintain excellent dental health.

Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above.