root canals

Experiencing acute tooth pain can be a headache – literally. If your tooth is infected or inflamed, you may need a root canal to relieve the pain and save your tooth. Here at Reflections Dental in Maple Grove, we specialize in providing dental care to get you back to pain free living. 


What is a root canal

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures performed in the United States.  A root canal can save your natural teeth and prevent your need for dental implants and dental bridges. Typically, root canals are performed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. 

What is pulp? 

Pulp is at the center of your tooth and is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the enamel surrounding your tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it can endanger the health of your tooth.  Inflamed and infected pulp can be caused by trauma to your tooth, cracks, and deep decay. 

Symptoms of Inflammation or Infection

  • Visible injury
  • Swelling of tooth
  • Sensitivity to temperatures
  • Pain in tooth and gums



How is a root canal performed? 

If your are experiencing any of these symptoms, your dentist may recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate your diseased pulp. 

Local Anesthetic

We'll start by numbing your tooth to ensure that you don't experience any pain during the procedure. 

Cleaning your Root

Our dentist will remove your infected or inflamed pulp. Once removed, we'll thoroughly clean your tooth and seal your tooth. 

Filling & Sealing

Once finished, we will place a filling to seal the tooth.  Occasionally, your tooth may also need a crown to prevent any cracking. Most root canals can be completed in 1-2 appointments.  

 In 90% of cases, the non-surgical root canal is successful. We will inform you at the time of your consultation if we find that your tooth is not amenable for endodontic procedure or if there is a chance of complication. 


After treatment

Once your procedure is complete, you will be able to drive home and be able to comfortably return to your normal routine.  We will send a record of your root canal to your restorative dentist.  Plan on making an appointment with your restorative dentist within a few weeks of your root canal. 


How much does a root canal cost? 

Costs of a root canal vary depending on the severity of damage to your tooth and which tooth is affected. We will provide a detailed cost estimate at the time of your consultation. If you are experiencing any root canal symptoms, please contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.