Root Canal

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Root Canal Q&A

A root canal is a common procedure that more than 15 million Americans undergo each year. A root canal can preserve your permanent tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. At Miller Dental, in Jamestown, North Dakota, Clinton Miller, DDS, and the team provide root canals to help improve your oral health. To schedule an appointment, call the office, or request one online today.

What is a root canal?

A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to address infected or inflamed tooth pulp. The pulp is the squishy interior of your tooth. It contains connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves but isn’t necessary for a tooth’s long-term survival. 

By removing your tooth pulp, your dentist can preserve the tough external structure. This prevents the need for further treatment while significantly lowering your risk of gum recession, bone loss, and other more serious complications.

Why would I need a root canal?

Miller Dental uses root canal therapy to treat infected or otherwise damaged tooth pulp. Some of the most common causes of pulp damage include:

  • Deep decay caused by untreated cavities
  • Chips and cracks
  • Getting hit in the mouth and damaging a tooth
  • Undergoing several procedures on the same tooth

If you experience tooth sensitivity, swelling, or a sensation of heat in your gums, contact Miller Dental right away. These symptoms all indicate pulp damage and require prompt attention.

What happens during root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a quick procedure. At the beginning of your appointment, your Miller Dental provider administers a local anesthetic to ensure a pain-free experience. Once the anesthesia kicks in, they carefully make a hole in the top of your affected tooth and remove the infected pulp. 

They use special tools to magnify and illuminate the canals inside your tooth, looking for any areas they might have missed. They fill your tooth with gutta-percha, take impressions of your tooth, and send your impressions to a dental laboratory that makes a new crown.

About a week later, you return to Miller Dental. Your provider removes your temporary crown and makes sure your tooth is healing properly. If everything looks good, they line up your permanent crown and bond it in place.   

To learn more about the benefits of a root canal, schedule a consultation at Miller Dental. Call the office or request an appointment online today.