What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, at well over 14 million every year. A root canal is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury to the tooth, or swelling of the gums, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, Drs Michels & Gauquie will examine your mouth. Should a root canal be indicated, the most likely recommendation will be a non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one visit depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation.

Root canal therapy in our office has gained the reputation of a comfortable procedure. Yet, if anxiety exists, we offer different options to relax and sedate you during the procedure.

Drs Michels & Gauquie has performed thousands of successful root canals on happy patients. Experience counts.