Therapy Explained

Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal

Here are the most frequently asked questions about root canal therapy.

Does root canal therapy hurts?

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth.

The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp or nerve), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it.

The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root where the tooth's nerve and blood vessels can be found, where they extend from the crown to the tip of the root.

Most of the time the root canal is completed in one appointment, but if the tooth is infected two appointments might be required.

How many appointments are necessary for root canal therapy?

The root canal therapy itself usually takes one or two appointments, though one more appointment is often required to properly restore the tooth with a dental crown.

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Are there alternatives to root canal therapy?

Yes there are, but receiving root canal therapy at an early stage is almost always the recommended solution if you are suffering from an infection of the tooth’s nerve.

The alternative is to have the problem tooth extracted, since infected tooth pulp cannot heal.

Is root canal therapy safe?

Yes. The pulp inside your teeth is actually unnecessary for practical purposes once your teeth have fully grown, and its role instead becomes to act as a sensory organ.

Therefore using root canal therapy to remove your tooth’s pulp isn’t harmful to the function of your tooth, and the restorative filling we use in the root canal itself is a biocompatible material.

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No pain

We save your teeth without pain

You don't need to be afraid, root canal treatment is done under anesthesia, and you should not feel any pain.