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Today, we view root canal therapy (endodontics) as a necessary alternative to the extraction of a tooth. In the event the nerve is either dying or is dead, root canal therapy will likely be required.

Root canal therapy is conducted using hi-tech nickel titanium files controlled by a computerised chip regulating the torque applied to the file. This greatly reduces file breakages, improves root canal filing and therefore the final result and your comfort.

Whereas radiographs (X-ray pictures) were used in the past, today we do it much more accurately and efficiently by using an apex locator. This device measures the impedance within the tooth and is far more accurate than radiography, a better result, with less time and less radiation.

A common misconception is that root canal therapy is a painful procedure. Actually, root canal therapy is similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal discomfort with the main objective to relieve pain caused by infection.

Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:

• Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
• Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
• Tooth decay
• Chipped or broken tooth
• Blow to the tooth
• Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
• Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Please contact our practice for an evaluation if you experience any of these symptoms.

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