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Root Canals


Diagram of tooth showing tooth rootYou only get one chance at your natural teeth, and at Magnolia Modern Dentistry we offer the procedures to make this happen. Root canals are one of the common procedures we provide that help our patients keep their natural teeth intact.

Why should you care about keeping your natural teeth so much when there are numerous artificial options available today? Nothing truly replaces your natural teeth. The roots of your tooth help stimulate your jawbone and keep your other teeth in their place. Without the roots, you could experience structural changes in your mouth and have to change your eating habits. We do offer viable tooth replacement options, but prefer to help our patients with procedures like root canals first, if at all possible.

What is a Root Canal?


A root canal is a cleaning of the area beneath the gumline. Our expert dentists carefully get to the tooth’s roots and clean them out. In some cases, we may even have to remove some of the roots if they are past the point of excessive decay. As a part of the procedure, we fill the area, giving you a fresh start at keeping your tooth and removing the risk that infection and decay can cause.

How Does it Work?


We start the root canal process with an anesthetic. We numb the affected areas before we start. Next, we drill a small hole in the tooth to gain access to the tooth’s roots. Using special tools, we clean out the roots, rinsing the area out and ensuring that all infection and decay are gone. Once we know the area is clean, we determine if you need medication in the area. If not, we seal the area up and you have a healthy mouth.

If we need to medicate the area, we place a temporary filling in its place so that you can go about your normal life. In about a week, you come back in and we remove the temporary filling and medication patch. We then permanently seal the area, allowing you to go back to your normal habits.

Who Needs Root Canals?


You may or may not know if you need a root canal. Infections do not always show outward signs – it is not until we do our exam that we see the infection and know that you need a root canal. However, some of the most common signs are sudden and extreme sensitivities to temperature, swelling, or pain in one area of your mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see us right away.

A First Procedure


Oftentimes root canals are the first thing we do before we can perform other, more invasive dental procedures, such as dental crowns or dental bridges. Root canals ensure the health of your tooth before we restore it cosmetically. If the tooth’s roots are not healthy, a restoration is not going to help stabilize the tooth – so it is an important procedure to have.

If you have questions about root canals and how they work, call Magnolia Modern Dentistry at (530) 645-3339. Our staff is happy to answer any questions you have.
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