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Angell Family Dentistry | Root Canal in Columbia Heights

Angell Family Dentistry LogoAngell Family Dentistry

Blending Experience with Technology

423 40th Ave NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

(763) 788-2215

Root Canal
 

Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and often the most misunderstood procedure as well. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually due to problems with the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.

When a root canal is done, the area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. The dentist will then create a small hole in the top part of the tooth to gain access to the canal space. They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is filled with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the strength of the tooth and sometime improve the overall appearance of the tooth.

"Root canal" has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases. There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain please let us know.

 
 
 
Columbia Heights Dentist | Root Canal. Steve Angell is a Columbia Heights Dentist.