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If one of your teeth has suffered a major fractured or large area of decay, it can seriously compromise your mouth and even lead to a serious infection. If the damage or decay extends deep into the dentin layer or root of the tooth your dentist might recommend performing a root canal to restore the tooth and mitigate any infection.

Common symptoms of a tooth that needs a root canal includes sensitivity and pain, as well as a dull ache in the gums near the tooth. If you experience pain and then it slowly subsides, it should also be a cause for concern.

A root canal often requires two separate procedures to fully restore the problematic tooth. The first procedure involves your dentist examining the tooth and taking few X-rays determine the extent of the damage, decay or infection.

They will then a drill to remove most of the tooth enamel and gain access to infected areas. Once they are removed and your dentist rebuilds the root structure with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This creates an abutment that will later anchor a crown in place.

They take an impression of the abutment and the surrounding teeth, which is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is made. The dentist will cover the abutment with a temporary crown.

Once the lab is done with your permanent crown your dentist will call you in for a brief second appointment to remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown in place.

If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 208•376•5499 to schedule an appointment.