Root Canal An Overview
Dr. Paulen performs root canal therapy whenever possible to save the natural tooth. Modern dentistry has proven the benefits of keeping the natural teeth for both long term dental health and overall physical well being.
The term root canal refers to the interior of a tooth where the pulp and nerves are located. A root canal treatment is needed when a tooth is significantly damaged or has decay that extends into the pulp chamber. Tooth pain is usually the first sign patients experience, though a dentist can spot infection during routine examinations.
You may need a root canal if one or more of the following conditions apply:
- Intense toothache
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and/or beverages
- Swollen gums
- Discoloration of the teeth
We perform root canals to repair damaged and decayed teeth. When the pulp of the tooth is compromised, it needs to be removed and the tooth must be cleaned and sealed.
Your ultimate wellness and dental health are important to our team at Proud Smiles. We work with you to improve your smile and get you a step closer to optimal oral health.