Root Canals

St. Paul Root Canal Information

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Almost 15 million root canals are performed every year. This common root canal procedure involves removing decay deep in the center of the tooth, sealing the space with a special filling, and placing a crown on top.

Why are Root Canals Necessary?

Inside each tooth is the dental pulp, a mass of tissues that contain blood vessels and nerves. This bundle is normally shielded from the elements by the dentin and enamel. However, when bacteria from a cavity penetrate the dentin and infect the pulp, swelling and irritation occurs because of root canal infection. The nerves are squeezed, so you feel excruciating root canal pain when you eat or drink. If untreated, an infection can spread to nearby teeth, sometimes even causing abscesses, cysts and tumors.

Your St. Paul dentist ends pain and saves the tooth with root canal therapy. Instead of pulling out the decayed tooth (this is more expensive in the long run because you need to replace the missing tooth with a bridge, denture, or implant), decay is removed, the space is sealed off, and the tooth is restored with a crown.

Do You Need a Root Canal?

See Dr. Serafimov right away if you are experiencing a severe toothache, persistent tooth sensitivity, bad breath that doesn’t go away, red and swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Sometimes, an infected pulp shows no root canal symptoms, so it’s best to see your dentist regularly.

ENDO Rotary

During the cleaning process, your dentist uses tiny instruments called Endo Rotary files to reach the tooth roots and the tiny root canals (hence the term). The Endo Rotary file is an advanced tool that is stronger and more durable than conventional root canal instruments. Dr. Serafimov uses the Endo Rotary system for faster, more accurate cleaning and reduced preparation errors.

Schedule an appointment today with your dentist in St. Paul to learn more about root canal therapy by calling 651-455-1601.