Root Canal

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a treatment that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp.  Pulp is a collection of blood vessels 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 pain in the tooth and gums.

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp.  During a root canal the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, shaped and sealed.  

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, Drs. Reamer and Blicharz will decide on what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Often, a permanent filling and a crown is recommended.