Root Canals - Woodbury, MN

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The Problem with Your Toothache

Lingering tooth sensitivity after eating or drinking something hot or cold? Sharp pain when biting or chewing? A toothache is almost always a sign that infection has damaged the pulp within your tooth root. This can be the result of a severe tooth crack or fracture, injury to a tooth, or extensive tooth decay that has reached the inside of the tooth. Without treatment, the infection will continue to cause tooth pain, can lead to a tooth abscess, and in worst cases will require the tooth to be extracted altogether. If you’re experiencing any noticeable symptoms, especially a severe toothache, we have a solution!

Root Canals Remedy Deep Dental Issues

Our dentist at Tamarack Hills Family Dentistry is trained and experienced in providing endodontic treatment including root canals in Woodbury, MN. Root canals treat and remove the dangerous infection and inflammation inside your tooth before it can spread. Don’t let the stigma surrounding this procedure cause you apprehension or lead you to put off your treatment. When we offer root canals in Woodbury, MN they’re designed to comfortably eliminate your tooth pain (not cause more) and ultimately save your natural tooth! We partner with leading insurance companies to ensure your entire treatment process is painless and easy.

How Root Canals Save Teeth

If the pulp inside your tooth roots becomes infected, this and the bacteria inside the canal must be removed to save your tooth and your overall health. During your root canal procedure in our Woodbury, MN practice, our dentist will first numb the treatment site with local anesthetic. You won’t feel any pain, though you may experience slight pressure as we complete the procedure. Many patients compare our root canals to having a cavity filled!

We’ll remove a portion of your tooth crown to gain access to the pulp chamber and clear out all the infection, bacteria, and damaged pulp and tissues. Disinfecting and cleaning the canals is the next step before filling them with a hardening material call gutta-percha. Your tooth will then be sealed to keep bacteria from entering the chamber and root canal. You’ll need a dental crown to ensure your tooth remains strong and functional after treatment.

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Infected tooth and abcess

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Tooth cleaned and shaped

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Root filling replaced

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Permanent filling or crown placed

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Benefiting from Root Canal Therapy

Once your root canal procedure is complete, you’ll be able to live a comfortable and functional life again without any tooth pain. We’ll provide the necessary instructions to ensure your recovery is fast and healthy. In general, you can expect the following benefits from treatment:


When comparing root canals to dental implants, it’s essential to consider individual circumstances. Root canals are ideal for saving a natural tooth and preserving its functionality and appearance. However, dental implants offer a permanent solution for missing teeth, providing stability and durability. Ultimately, the decision between the two depends on factors like oral health, bone structure, and personal preferences. Consulting with a dentist can help determine the best option for each unique situation.

Root canals typically don’t cause pain; they relieve it. With advancements in modern dentistry and local anesthesia, patients often experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. The tooth and surrounding area are numbed to ensure a painless experience. Any post-procedure soreness can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Trust in your dentist’s expertise to alleviate pain and restore your oral health effectively.

After a root canal, it’s best to avoid smoking. Smoking can delay healing, increase the risk of infection, and compromise the success of the procedure. Tobacco smoke contains harmful chemicals that can irritate the healing tissues and hinder the body’s ability to heal properly. For optimal recovery and to maximize the effectiveness of the root canal treatment, it’s advisable to refrain from smoking until your dentist gives you the all-clear.

After undergoing a root canal procedure, adhere to these do’s and don’ts for optimal aftercare. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing gently. Do follow any post-operative instructions provided by your dentist. Do consume soft foods and avoid chewing on the treated area. Don’t neglect follow-up appointments or skip prescribed medications. Don’t chew hard or sticky foods that could damage the restoration. By following these guidelines, you can promote healing and ensure the success of your root canal treatment.

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