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Root Canal Therapy


Our team at Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA in Anchorage, AK, is skilled and experienced in root canal therapy. While many patients are initially nervous when they hear the phrase "root canal," we want you to know that this treatment is common and safe, and we do everything in our power to keep you comfortable. Root canal therapy allows us to treat a severely infected tooth without having to extract it. If you're experiencing a severe toothache and suspect infection, we urge you to call us at (907) 802-4519 to schedule an appointment today.

What is Root Canal Therapy?


Root canal therapy also called "endodontic treatment" is a treatment recommended to remove the infection from an afflicted tooth and alleviate pain. When a tooth has become severely infected, that is, the infection has spread to the center or pulp, a root canal is often the best course of action to save the natural tooth.

During the procedure, a small hole is made in the infected tooth, and the diseased pulp and roots are removed. We'll then stabilize the tooth and seal it with either a filling or a crown. Following the procedure, no one will be able to tell you've had root canal therapy and you may even forget which tooth has the treatment. If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need a root canal:
•  Tooth or gum pain
•  Sensitivity to heat or cold
•  Discoloration of the tooth or gums
•  A tooth abscess
•  Pus drainage in your mouth
•  A tooth that is tender to the touch
•  Swollen or tender lymph nodes under your jaw

What to Expect During Your Root Canal Therapy


Root canal therapy typically takes place over just one or two appointments. During the first, Dr. Feldman makes the small hole in the afflicted tooth so the infection can be cleaned out. The center of your tooth, the "dental pulp," is where all the nerves, connective tissues, and blood vessels of the tooth are found. Removing these infected areas doesn't harm your tooth.

Adult teeth don't require the tooth root or nerves to maintain oral health and normal sensations. The area of infection will be cleaned, and we may prescribe antibiotics to ward off any further infection. Depending on the results of this treatment, we may be able to seal the tooth with your permanent filling or crown that day. If not, we'll invite you back for a second appointment to receive your permanent restoration.

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy


A root canal may seem drastic, but it's a great treatment for patients who wish to keep their natural teeth. In the past, the only treatment for an infected tooth would have been extraction. This was the only way to prevent the infection from spreading to nearby teeth or into the underlying jawbone. With root canal therapy, we can save the natural structure of your tooth and the crown or filling used to seal it will serve to strengthen and revitalize your smile.
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Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA
405 W 36th Ave #101
Anchorage, AK 99503


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