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Root Canal Treatment

Are you facing tooth loss? There’s a gentle alternative therapy designed to save your smile: root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy). With a root canal, we can preserve your damaged tooth and extend its function for several more years.

What is Endodontic Therapy?

During root canal treatment, the damaged nerve tissue is taken out of your tooth, halting any pain or recurring abscesses. Then the hollow chamber is carefully cleaned, medicated and filled to seal it off permanently. When the root canal is complete, we place a crown over your tooth to protect it in the future.


We recommend root canals when there is a large crack or cavity in your tooth. Opting for endodontic treatment means you can save the tooth, so that it doesn’t have to be replaced. Essentially, a root canal will preserve your natural tooth so that you can avoid an extraction.

Root canal therapy is appropriate for all ages, as abscessed teeth do not discriminate. Anyone from a young child to adults and seniors can benefit from endodontic treatment. You may need the procedure if your tooth is affected by

  • Severe pain
  • Deep cracks
  • Past traumatic injuries
  • An abscess

  • Sensitivity to heat/hot foods
  • Large area of decay
  • Dying nerve/tooth death


The alternative to a root canal is extracting your tooth. However, tooth loss leads to a host of other concerns. When extra space is created in your bite, it leads to changes in overall tooth alignment. Ultimately, other teeth in your mouth will be at a higher risk of gum disease, crowding, gaps and premature enamel wear. Preserving your natural tooth with endodontic therapy is essential for the integrity of your entire smile.

Getting a root canal is safe and effective. Some people will say that materials used in the 80s and 90s are dangerous; regardless of which literature may suggest so, these materials are no longer in use. The modern materials that we use are extremely safe and recommended by dentists worldwide.

To ensure a gentle and effective procedure, we generally phase the endodontic treatment over three appointments, each lasting about 30-40 minutes. At the first visit we numb the tooth and remove the nerve. Sedation is available if you prefer. You’ll return in another two and four weeks, respectively, to complete the additional phases of treatment.

Some dentists book as long as 1-1.5 hours per root canal appointment. However, our experienced dentist has extensive training and experience in endodontic therapy, allowing us to provide more efficient procedures that lessen your time in the dentist’s office.

If your tooth exhibits signs of infection or nerve death, our dentist will evaluate it and order a small X-ray. The radiograph will show us the areas in and around the entire root, including an abscesses or aggressive infection. At that point we may also perform a series of tests during the exam, to determine if nerve damage is present.

It’s best to have abscessed teeth looked after as quickly as possible, before aggressive deterioration prevents the option for restoration.

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Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


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