Root canal treatment is about saving teeth, rather than removing them. Root canal therapy at our Germantown endodontic office treats disorders in the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. A damaged or diseased tooth will not heal by itself and without a root canal, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth could potentially need extraction.

When is a root canal needed?

While teeth that require root canal therapy are not always painful, signs you may need a root canal include:

  • Trauma such as a physical blow
  • Irritation caused by deep decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Pain or throbbing while biting
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe decay or an injury that creates inflammation

Root Canal Procedure at Assured Endodontics

Dr. James will examine you carefully to see if a root canal is advisable. During the procedure, the diseased pulp will be removed and the inside of the tooth will be cleaned, disinfected, and decontaminated, and filled with a permanent material to prevent re-infection. After treatment is completed, you will need to have the treated tooth capped with a permanent crown.

If we suggest a root canal, it is because this is the best way to save your tooth. Please feel free to talk to us about your particular needs and concerns during your next visit to our Germantown endodontic office.