Root canal

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth.

Root Canal

What is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. An endodontist, who specializes in such treatment, carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.

Play Video

Benefits
of a root canal

Alleviates Pain

Most of the pain associated with a root canal is not the procedure itself, it's the pain caused by the inflamed or infected dental pulp inside the tooth beforehand. A root canal cleans away damaged nerves and bacteria that are causing the pain and soothes the toothache.

Eliminates Temperature Sensitivity

Infected or inflamed teeth can make eating and drinking cold or hot things a painful experience. Root canal therapy removes these damaged nerves so you can get back to enjoying the food and drinks you love.

Prevents Further Serious Infections

Infection in the dental pulp chamber of one tooth can spread and further destroy your oral health. When patients forgo root canal treatments they are likely to experience swelling, pain, and further infections of their teeth, gums, and other tissue in the mouth.

Saves Your Natural Smile

The goal of a root canal is to save your tooth, not replace it. While dental prosthetics may be able to restore some of the strength of your missing teeth, nothing will ever look, feel, or function like your natural teeth!

Pain relief

Root canals provide effective relief from severe toothaches caused by infected or inflamed pulp, eliminating discomfort.

Improved chewing ability

After a root canal, the treated tooth is restored, allowing for efficient chewing and biting, restoring normal oral function.

Tooth preservation

By treating and removing infected pulp, root canals save natural teeth from extraction, maintaining dental structure.

Tooth preservation

By treating and removing infected pulp, root canals save natural teeth from extraction, maintaining dental structure.

Improved chewing ability

After a root canal, the treated tooth is restored, allowing for efficient chewing and biting, restoring normal oral function.

Pain relief

Root canals provide effective relief from severe toothaches caused by infected or inflamed pulp, eliminating discomfort.

Tooth preservation

By treating and removing infected pulp, root canals save natural teeth from extraction, maintaining dental structure.

Cost-effective solution

While root canals may have initial costs, they are generally more affordable compared to tooth extraction followed by tooth replacement options like implants or bridges.

Are you a good candidate for a root canal?

Here are a few signs that you
may need root canal treatment.

You are experiencing tooth pain.
There is swelling around a tooth.
You are experiencing tooth sensitivity to temperatures when eating or drinking.
There is a crack in a tooth.
There is tooth discoloration.

Why choose Andrews Endodontics?

Your Endodontic Specialist

At Andrews Endodontics, we are passionate about delivering exceptional, patient-centered care, while using the most advanced treatment options to help you preserve your natural teeth.

Frequently
asked questions

More questions? We’re ready to help.

Give us a call at

Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by inflammation or infection inside the tooth. We use modern techniques to make sure that patients are comfortable during the procedure. For the first few days after treatment, you may experience slight discomfort, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure.

On average, a root canal may take 30 to 60 minutes. Though, in reality, the time it takes to do a root canal will depend on which tooth is being treated and how complex the infection/root canals are.

After the procedure you should avoid chewing or biting anything hard with the treated tooth until you have seen your dentist to have a final restoration placed on the tooth. Until this is done, the unrestored tooth will be susceptible to fracture.

Oftentimes, endodontic treatment may require one or two appointments. This, however, cannot be determined until after the procedure is started. If a second appointment is needed, we will schedule one for you. Please be advised that the cost quoted for your root canal is the same regardless of one or two appointments needed for treatment.

After most endodontic treatments, you should expect to be able to drive yourself home. If previous arrangements have been made for sedation, then assistance for transportation is necessary.

Each case is different, but many patients return to work the same day. Your endodontist will be happy to discuss your expected recovery time with you.