By Oakwood Hills Family Dental
May 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: root canal  


A root canal treatment is one of the most reliable restorations modern dentistry offers. At Oakwood Hills Family Dental in Eau Claire, your dentists, Drs. Miskulin, Decker and Reich deliver root canal therapy to patients in danger of losing a damaged tooth. Comfortable and tooth-sparing, a root canal could be one of the best things you can do for your oral health. Learn here the signs that you may need this restoration.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is named for the narrow chambers which course down each tooth root. Filled with soft innervated tissue and blood vessels, root canals become infected when invaded by bacteria from:

  • Tooth decay
  • Injury (a deep crack or chip)
  • Multiple procedures and weakened tooth enamel

Fortunately, root canal therapy--also known as endodontic therapy--is a reliable way to remove the infected soft tissue and to seal and protect the hard structure. Through visual inspection and X-ray imaging, your Eau Claire dentist can tell you if they can repair your tooth with this one- to two-visit treatment.

If you're a candidate, the dentist numbs the tooth and places a protective dam around it. Through small access holes, they remove the soft tissue from each root canal and instills antibiotic medication to quell the infection.

Gutta-percha, a biocompatible sealant, strengthens the canal walls, and a temporary cap protects the tooth as it heals. At a subsequent appointment at Oakwood Hills Family Dental, you'll receive a realistic crown to beautify and protect your tooth for years to come.

Endodontic treatments are up to 95 percent successful, and most restored teeth last the rest of the patients' lives. The teeth are strong, pain-free and best of all, spared unnecessary extractions.

Should you have a root canal?

Only your dentist at Oakwood Hills Family Dental can tell you for sure. Signs you may need one include:

  • Severe and lasting dental sensitivity
  • A deep crack or chip
  • Swollen jaw
  • Bad breath and drainage
  • A throbbing and lasting toothache
  • Reddened gums
  • Darkened tooth enamel

Keep it healthy

After your root canal treatment, be sure to do what the American Dental Association recommends:

  • Brush all your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride tooth paste and soft brush
  • Floss once daily
  • Get semi-annual examinations and professional cleanings
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth

Come see us

The professional team at Oakwood Hills Family Dental encourages all their patients to call the office at the first sign of dental trouble. Catching oral health problems early increases the chances of successful restorative treatments such as root canal therapy. Phone us at (715) 834-5882.