Root Canal Therapy

The dreaded root canal, right? No! With technological advancements, root canal therapy has become an increasingly efficient and pain-free experience. Dr. Howell and the team at Green Leaf Dentistry are committed to providing you with gentle root canal therapy so that you may preserve your teeth for years to come.

– What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or injured. A deep cavity or crack can expose the nerve tissue to bacteria resulting in a toothache. If untreated, the nerve can become progressively infected leading to development of an abscess, bone loss and the need to remove the infected tooth.

– How do I know if I need a root canal?

  • Common signs indicating the need for a root canal include:
  • Throbbing toothache that is not relieved with over the counter pain medications
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Chewing or pressure sensitivity
  • Discoloration of the tooth

If you are currently experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may have an infected tooth that requires immediate attention. Our philosophy at Green Leaf Dentistry is to tooth preservation, so call us immediately to set up an appointment..

– What will happen during my root canal therapy appointment?
During your appointment, Dr. Howell will anesthetize the affected tooth, immediately relieving you of any discomfort. Then, she will isolate the tooth and make a small hole on the chewing surface in order to gain access to your infected nerve tissue. She will then remove the infected tissue and apply agents that will effectively remove all bacteria and infection from the canal space. Once fully cleaned, the canal space will be filled and the tooth will be sealed. Depending upon the tooth, a tooth colored restoration or a crown will be required to preserve the tooth’s strength and appearance.