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Root Canals

Root canal treatment is the removal of the nerve and blood vessels of a tooth for the purpose of trying to save the tooth from extraction. A simple analogy is removing the wick from a candle. The void where the wick was is cleaned and smoothed and then we place a rubber type material into the cleaned out space to seal the canal.

Here’s how your tooth is saved through treatment:

First, an opening is made through the top of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The pulp is then removed. The root canal(s) is cleaned and smoothed. Medications may be put in the root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection. If the treatment requires more than one visit, a temporary filling will be placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between appointments or we may leave the tooth open for a few days to drain. If a prescription is provided, please follow the directions. On the subsequent appointment, the temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled and the root canal treatment is completed. However, if we advise you that your tooth requires a crown, you need to return to our office for that procedure.

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915 North Main Street, Suite 2
Columbia, IL 62236
Phone: 618.281.6161
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