Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canals

What causes the damage that leads to a root canal?

Damage can occur due to deep decay, trauma, dead nerve, a loose filling or crown or a crack or chip in the tooth.

Is a root canal painful?

Thanks to modern techniques and technology, and a compassionate dental philosophy, our highly trained team of specialists can provide root canal treatments with minimal to no pain at all.

Can I have antibiotics instead of a root canal?

By the time you realize you need a root canal, your tooth pulp and nerve have already begun to decay. This infected tissue will never fully heal and would only become infected again. Removing the pulp is the only safe option.

How long does a root canal treatment take?

A root canal treatment usually requires one or two office visits. Simple or minor root canal cases usually take about 30 to 60 minutes of treatment, while a more complex case takes longer– around 90 minutes.

Do you need a crown after a root canal?

You typically need a dental crown after a root canal on your back grinding teeth, molars and premolars. Front teeth, canines, and incisors may not require a dental crown.

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