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Root Canals (Endodontic Therapy)
Root Canal Therapy in A Single Appointment!
With over 30 years of experience in root canal therapy, we provide thorough, gentle service. We can usually complete a root canal in a single appointment.
Our root canals are very comfortable due to the use of local anesthetic and modernized rotary instruments that allow us to clean and shape the canals faster than using traditional hand files. We use bio-compatible cement inside the tooth to prevent rejection by the body and to prevent toxins entering your system.
Dr. Anderson has performed many root canals and will make sure yours is done correctly and comfortably.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
With root canal therapy you can save teeth that have diseased nerves by removing the dead inner pulp tissue. If you don't remove the pulp, the tooth gets infected and you could lose it. Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure. We do them comfortably and with bio-compatible materials. When properly performed, and under normal circumstances, a root canal-treated tooth can last you a lifetime.
Root canal therapy is a procedure that is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. It becomes infected or dies for a number of reasons:
- Decay—bacteria causing tooth decay infects the pulp.
- Trauma—a traumatic injury can cause an inflammation of the pulp.
- Deep fillings—fillings that have to be placed close to the pulp chamber because of tooth decay or tooth fracture.
- Unexplained—sometimes the pulp can become inflamed and can die for no apparent reason.
When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a painful pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of a root.
During a root canal procedure, the nerve and diseased pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory - to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
What are the symptoms that indicate the need for root canal therapy?
- Moderate to severe lingering toothache, which may be throbbing, when having hot or cold foods.
- Toothache pain so intense it wakes you up at night.
- Pain when chewing or biting.
- Swelling on your gum which when pressed may release blood or pus.
- Pain that starts in one tooth and spreads to other regions of the jaw or head e.g. an infected lower molar (back tooth) may cause you to feel pain in the ear!
Sometimes, however, there may be no symptoms.
Dr. Anderson's patients trust him:
“My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Anderson for over 30 years. We have utmost respect, confidence, and the highest regard for him, and his entire staff, as being the most competent and efficient 'team' in the field of dentistry. Dr. Anderson operates his practice with state-of-the-art equipment, services and procedures which reflect his excellent knowledge of the dental profession. His personal compassion for the well-being of his patients is evident...”
Roger and Bernie Zobel
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson call (308) 365-1885 or click here.