When is a root canal necessary?

If you experience any of these symptoms: your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp:

  • pain or throbbing
  • sensitivity to hot or cold
  • intermittent sensitivity
  • draining pocket at the tip of the root
  • no symptoms but evidence on radiograph


How is a root canal performed?

This injured pulp is removed and the root canal is thoroughly cleaned, prepared and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during treatment.  If the tooth contains multiple roots or the roots are not straight you will be referred to a specialist that has equipment that allow them to gain access for a better result in those cases.

What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed Dr. Chad will decide what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. Usually it will require a buildup and a crown.