Root Canals (Endodontics)

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

Patient Testimonial

"I had heard stories about root canals being major pain. Dr. Powell has done two root canals on me and I had no pain during or after my root canals." B. Eller

Why Does Tooth Pulp Need To Be Removed?

When a tooth's nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the root in the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth.

In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:

How Do You Know You Need A Root Canal?

Sometimes there are no symptoms, however some of the signs are:

Root Canal Prevention

Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and seeing a dentist regularly) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure.

Trauma is another reason a root canal may be necessary and trauma resulting from a sports-related injury or from grinding the teeth can be reduced by wearing a night guard. Night guards are custom-made in Dr. Powell's office for each individual patient and