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A severely damaged, fractured or decayed tooth can pose some serious problems for your oral health. Left unchecked it can compromise your ability to chew and even lead to a dangerous infection in the gums. In a situation like this your dentist will often require a root canal to restore it.

Symptoms of a tooth that might need a root canal include, large fractures or areas of decayed enamel. This is often accompanied by sensitivity and pain, or a dull ache in the gums near the tooth.

A root canal is a two stage procedure. The first stage involves a dentist inspecting the tooth to determine the extent of the damage, decay or infection. This usually involves taking some x-rays, to make sure the root has not formed an infected abscess.

Your dentist will then remove the damaged enamel to gain access to the root. The infected material is extracted before they rebuild the root structure with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This also helps them to form an abutment to later anchor a crown.

They will then create an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth. They send this impression to a dental laboratory that makes a permanent crown. In the meantime, they will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.

When the permanent crown is ready, your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment to cement it in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 916.567.0900 to schedule an appointment.