When the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection, Drs. Opack, Stanton and Dr. David Opack may recommend a root canal in St. Paul, Minnesota. The tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature and intense pain can be expected. No symptoms may be present in the initial stages. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection, an abscess will form.

When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: pull the affected tooth or save the tooth through root canal treatment. When extracting a decayed or infected tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it will solve. Root canal treatment is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth, and will not cause any future problems with adjacent teeth.

The reasons our dentists will recommend root canal treatment include the following:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
  • Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
  • Trauma or injury to the tooth

The restoration that root canal treatment provides will usually last a lifetime. It will provide full functionality back to your tooth and mouth. Please call St. Paul Family Dentistry to schedule your next appointment with our dentists and learn how you can achieve a healthy smile through restorative dentistry.