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ROOT CANALS

A root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.

Why is a root canal performed?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.  

How is a root canal performed?

Our doctors are highly trained in performing simple and complex root canals.   We use high powered magnification and specialized lights that allow us to see deep inside the root of a tooth.  This helps to ensure a high level of accuracy in endodontic procedures.  At Porteous and Burke Family Dentistry, we use rotary instruments in addition to hand files to expeditiously and precisely complete the root canal.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels and nerve tissue that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or biting, or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will run a series of test to evaluate the tooth to determine if a root canal is recommended.  If the symptoms are a result of diseased pulp tissue, the injured pulp is carefully and precisely removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the condition of the tooth.  If your tooth is not a good candidate for endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, alternative treatments such as implants or bridges will be discussed with your dentist.  We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment.  Antibiotics and mild pain medication are usually prescribed.  Most patients return to their normal routine the following day.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.  Teeth that are root canal treated are structurally weaken teeth.  Crowns that cover the biting surface of back teeth are normally recommended after a tooth has undergone root canal treatment to ensure the tooth does not break and is able to return to normal function.

Root Canal Video

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“I'm not much of a social media guy. But... I just went thru the most amazing, painless root canal ever!  Professional on every level!

You need to take your teeth there!

What are you waiting for?” - Mike B