Root Canal Treatment

Need a root canal? No stress, no fear, no pain.

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Dr. Westman: “The thought of a root canal often evokes a feeling of fear as patients recall horror stories told by folks of a previous generation.

Luckily, for those of us seeking treatment today, dentistry and dental anesthetics have come a long way.”

When Is a root canal Needed?

A root canal is required when the inside of your tooth, the part that houses soft pulp, nerves and blood vessels is damaged or becomes infected. It’s usually the result of:

  • decay
  • trauma
  • a large filling

When a tooth’s inner tissues – its nerves or pulp – are damaged they begin to break down and bacteria multiplies. As your body fights the infection, an abscess can form. Other problems can arise from the infection as well such as:

  • swelling that can spread to your face, head or neck
  • loss of bone around the root’s tip
  • the infection may spread as it drains outwards from the tooth into the gums or cheeks

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A root canal can save your tooth

tooth infection can’t get better on its own. Without treatment, infection may spread and painful symptoms can occur. The only alternative to a root canal is to remove the infected tooth. While this may sound like a viable option, missing teeth can cause a host of other problems including:

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  • appearance issues
  • bite misalignment problems
  • jawbone loss

Today, the root canal treatment process is relatively straightforward.

  1. First an x-ray is taken to assess the extent of the damage
  2. Next you’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth
  3. Dr Westman will then drill an access hole into the tooth to remove infected or decayed tissues
  4. The hole is cleansed using root canal files, water and sodium hypochlorite
  5. Finally, the tooth is sealed and restored with a dental crown

Schedule Your root canal procedure today!

If you think you might be in need of a root canal we are here to help.  Call Dr. Michael Westman at 262.639.7000 to schedule your consultation today!

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