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Root canal, or endodontic therapy, is performed to save a tooth when the inner tissue, called the pulp, becomes infected or damaged. Therapy consist of removing pulp, cleaning, shaping and sealing the root canals.

The tooth remains alive, nourished by the adjacent tissue of the gums and jaws. Occasionally a tooth that has undergone endodontic or root canal treatment fails to heal, or pain continues despite therapy. When this happens the tooth can often be saved with either a second endodontic treatment of an in-office surgical procedure.

Often endodontic therapy is completed in one appointment, but sometimes two or three visits are necessary.

With the use of modern anesthetics root canal therapy usually involves little or no discomfort. Occasionally you may experience some discomfort for a day or so, especially when chewing, because cleaning the root canals may cause inflammation of the surrounding nerves. If discomfort lasts more than a few days, or if you experience severe pain, call our office.

After endodontic therapy, you should return to your family dentist for final restoration of the tooth. The type of restoration will depend on the location and condition of the tooth.

Fees vary with the complexity of treatment and will be quoted upon request. Quoted fees remain the same except when treatment or surgery becomes necessary.

More information about treatment can be found here.