Severe damage, decay and infection can compromise the health of a tooth, necessitating extraction and putting the health of other teeth at risk. A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at saving a tooth that’s suffering infection instead of extracting it. With state-of-the-art technology and expertise, Dr. Norman Coates regularly performs root canals for patients of all ages at Dentistry Optimized. Call the office at 651-698-5543 or request an appointment online today if you’re suffering from tooth pain or you need a root canal.

Root Canal Therapy Q&A

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to remove damaged or infected tooth pulp with the purpose of saving your natural tooth. The pulp is at the center of your tooth, and it’s a soft area of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.

When the pulp gets damaged or infected, it can put the structural integrity of your tooth at risk. A root canal procedure cleans out the pulp canal, removes any infection and seals off the chamber to prevent future damage.

Root canals are common, effective procedures that have the power to save your natural tooth and keep your smile intact. Sometimes teeth that have suffered discoloration from pulp damage return to their normal color. If you still experience discoloration, Dr. Coates offers treatments like dental crowns to correct cosmetic issues after a root canal.

Why do I need a root canal?

Sometimes, tooth pulp gets damaged. This can happen from an injury, like a blow to the face or a cracked tooth, or it can be caused by repeated dental procedures on a tooth.

When the pulp gets damaged, it begins to die and break down inside your tooth, allowing bacteria to multiply. Bacteria and dead pulp build up and cause an infection that may lead to a variety of complications like:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Abscess
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Bone loss near the tooth root

Experiencing any of the above symptoms could mean you might benefit from a root canal. Root canals remove the infection and symptoms often disappear shortly after treatment.

Do root canals hurt?

Many people think root canals are painful, complicated dental procedures. But the truth is that root canals are extremely common procedures performed in an outpatient setting.

A common reason for getting a root canal is tooth pain caused by infection, and patients are often surprised to find that their tooth pain is gone immediately following a root canal.

Your tooth is numbed with local anesthesia before and during treatment, and Dr. Coates takes your comfort very seriously. There’s often no downtime associated with a root canal, and you can expect to return to your normal daily activities as soon as you leave the office.

A root canal can save your natural tooth and eliminate toothache pain. To find out more about root canal treatment in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, book your appointment with our dentist online or over the phone today.