Plymouth, MN

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Root Canals Remedy Deep Dental Issues

At Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN, we understand the discomfort and anxiety associated with tooth sensitivity and decay. We aim to dispel the myths surrounding root canal treatments. Our approach ensures that your experience in Plymouth, MN, will be geared towards eliminating discomfort and safeguarding your dental health, not contributing to it.


What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a specialized dental procedure to treat problems within the tooth’s soft core (dental pulp). The dental pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, can become infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. During a root canal procedure, the infected or inflamed pulp is carefully removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue functioning like any other tooth.


What do Root Canals Fix?

Root canals are performed to address a range of issues related to the inside of the tooth. Primarily, they resolve the pain and discomfort associated with pulp infection or inflammation. Symptoms indicating the need for a root canal include:

  • Severe toothache.
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold.
  • Tenderness to touch and chewing.
  • Discoloration of the tooth.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums.


A successful root canal treatment eliminates these symptoms by removing the infection and protecting the tooth from future microbial invasion.


How Root Canals Save Teeth

By removing the infected or damaged pulp, root canals save teeth that might otherwise need to be extracted. After removing the pulp, the tooth’s inner section is cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to prevent further infection. This process preserves the tooth’s structure and prevents the spread of disease to other teeth or the jawbone. Saving the natural tooth with a root canal has several advantages over tooth extraction, such as maintaining the natural bite and chewing efficiency, protecting other teeth from excessive wear or strain, and avoiding the need for more costly and complex dental procedures like implants or bridges. With proper care and maintenance, a tooth with a root canal can last a lifetime, functioning just like any other tooth.

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Transform your smile with our Dental Crowns and Bridges! Whether you need to strengthen a damaged tooth or replace a missing one, our expert team will provide personalized care to restore your smile. Schedule a consultation today to discover how dental crowns and bridges can enhance oral health and confidence!

Our Root Canal Process

The root canal procedure involves several precise steps to address the infection and preserve your tooth:

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Infected tooth and abcess

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Tooth cleaned and shaped

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Root filling replaced

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Permanent filling or crown placed

  1. Accessing the Pulp Chamber: Our dentist starts the procedure by removing a portion of your tooth’s crown. This step is essential for accessing the pulp chamber, the central part of the tooth where the infection resides.
  2. Removing Infection: With access to the pulp chamber, we meticulously remove all infection, bacteria, and damaged pulp and tissues. This step is crucial for eliminating the source of pain and preventing further damage to your tooth and surrounding tissues.
  3. Cleaning and Disinfecting: After removing the infected and damaged materials, we thoroughly clean and disinfect the canals within the tooth. This ensures that all remnants of bacteria are eradicated and reduces the risk of future infections.
  4. Filling the Canals: Once the canals are clean and dry, we fill them with a unique hardening material called gutta-percha. This material helps to stabilize the tooth and prevents bacteria from re-entering the pulp chamber and canals.
  5. Sealing the Tooth: After filling the canals, your tooth is sealed to protect against bacteria and infection. This step is vital for maintaining the integrity of your tooth and preventing contaminants from entering.
  6. Restoration with a Dental Crown: The final step in the root canal process involves placing a dental crown over your treated tooth. The crown strengthens your tooth, ensuring it remains strong and functional for years. It also restores the tooth’s appearance, allowing it to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.


At Smile Design Dentistry in Plymouth, MN, we prioritize your comfort and peace of mind throughout the root canal process. Our approach begins with ensuring the treatment area is thoroughly numbed using a local anesthetic, making the procedure pain-free. We offer sedation services for patients anxious about dental treatments to help them relax and have a stress-free experience.


Benefiting From Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy offers significant benefits for resolving dental issues and enhancing oral health. At Smile Design Dentistry, we focus on the following advantages for our patients undergoing root canal therapy:

  • Pain Relief: Eliminates discomfort from infection.
  • Infection Control: Stops the spread of infection to other teeth or jawbone.
  • Tooth Preservation: Saves the natural tooth, avoiding extraction.
  • Improved Oral Health: Reduces the risk of further dental issues.
  • Functionality Restoration: Restores normal biting force and sensation.
  • Aesthetic Solution: Tooth appearance can be enhanced with a crown.
  • Cost-Effective: Often less expensive than alternative treatments like implants.
  • Long-Lasting Results: With proper care and maintenance, root canals provide a durable and long-term solution to tooth decay.


Root Canals at Smile Design Dentistry

Smile Design Dentistry is committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of care. Root canal therapy is a crucial component of our comprehensive dental services, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible oral health treatment and preservation.

Take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free smile today. Contact Smile Design Dentistry for your root canal therapy consultation, and let us help you restore your oral health. Your path to lasting dental wellness starts here.

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