Root Canal Therapy Can Help Save Your Tooth

Why Would Our Doctors Recommend A Root Canal

A root canal can restore an infected tooth to its natural function and appearance. Despite popular myths, it’s typically no more painful than filling a cavity. The reason that Dr. Axvig and Dr. Dwyer would suggest a root canal treatment is if your cavity is deep enough to become infected and spread to the nerves in the root of your tooth. Left untreated, a cavity this deep can become an abscess and may even lead to bone loss in your jaw as well as other health problems. If you happen to have cracked or damaged teeth (where your tooth’s nerves are exposed) our doctors may also recommend a root canal. In some special cases, Dr. Axvig or Dr. Dwyer may refer you to a specialist.

How Smiles By Design Can Help: A Root Canal Can Keep You Healthy

When our doctors perform a root canal, they will clear your tooth’s canals of bacteria and infected tissue and then dry and seal them. This can prevent infections from spreading to other areas and can help keep you and your smile healthy. Often, a crown is placed over your tooth for further protection.

Nearly 16 million root canals are performed in the United States alone each year. Don’t let root canal hearsay frighten you. Today, with safe and effective anesthesia, precise tools, and incredible imaging technology a root canal doesn’t have to be painful—in fact, it relieves pain. In certain cases, our doctors will refer you to an Endodontic specialist at another practice if necessary.

Please, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask us. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you from receiving treatment. Your best oral and overall health may depend on it.

If you are concerned about an issue with your teeth and you believe that a root canal may be the solution, please call us at 701-223-5500 or email us.