Root Canal Therapy
Inside each tooth is the pulp – a soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. If the pulp becomes diseased (such as from decay) or injured (such as from impact), the pulp tissue dies. If this tissue is not removed, the tooth becomes infected and could be lost. During a root canal treatment, the pulp is removed and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. A crown or onlay is usually placed over the tooth to make it stronger. With proper care and regular checkups, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.
Contrary to what most believe, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure that involves little to no discomfort. Dr. Kratz and our staff are committed to your comfort, whether than means making sure you are fully numb before the procedure begins or taking the time to address any concerns you may have before we begin.
If you have a tooth that has become painful, and perhaps, the pain increases when you eat hot or cold foods, or drink hot or cold beverages, call for an appointment to diagnose if the pulp of the tooth is diseased. Remember, if an infected tooth pulp does not receive treatment, the infection will become acutely painful, and could lead to tooth loss. With prompt root canal therapy, followed by a crown to restore the tooth to functional strength and beauty, you may preserve the tooth for your lifetime.
If you are concerned about the health of a tooth, call Edina Dental Care right away at (952) 922-2214.