Surgical Root Canal Treatment

Digital illustration of a mouth before and after a root canal

What is a root canal? A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment 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 and nerves 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.

This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.

Sometimes after a Root Canal Procedure, the infection persists at the tip of the root. This may require a surgical correction called an apicoectomy.

The tip of the root is removed and a filling placed. At the same time, the infected tissue is removed.

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