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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swellingand/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).

While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva.  An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.

At the next appointment, usually a week later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.  A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth.  In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed.  This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function.

After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.

You will be given care instructions after each appointment.  Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.

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I had to change dentists after mine retired. Dr Saxon was referred by my dentist. I went in this morning with what I thought was a broken filling. They made my appointment the very next day after I called. Turned out I needed a crown. My nerve is extremely hard to get numb. Dr. Saxon was so perfect in handling the numbing process. I have had bad experiences in the past were I was extremely sore for several days following numbing injections. Not so today! Dr. Saxon called me this evening to check in and see how I was doing. First time ever from a Dentist. Was I dissapointed to need a crown, yes, but Dr. Saxon and his assistant walked me through the process. I left with no questions. The crown is being custom made to fit my tooth and a color guide was presented to ensure the crown matches my tooth color. This is the first time for me to change dentists in 15 years. I feel blessed to have found a fabulous dentist that seems to genuinely care for his patients. Not once did I feel like Dr. Saxon was rushing to finish so he could go to another patient. Thank you Dr. Saxon!

Toni G.

All the staff is well prepared for the duties they perform starting at the front desk until I leave. I've always been treated professionally by everyone. I gladly recommend this office to my friends. Keep up the good work!

B. Holman

My insurance listed Saxon Dental as in network. I hadn't been there before but I made an appointment and went today. Talk about a wonderful experience. The very best dental practice I've ever been to. As a new patient they give you a gift, they give you a complete tour of the facility and meet everyone. You are treated like a real person; they make you feel welcome and appreciate you being there. I can't even begin to say how great they are.

J. Hubbes

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