Root Canal Therapy ( Endodontics ) :


Root Canal Picture


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Dr. Herget performs root canal therapy on approximately 75 % of his patients that need root canal treatment.  If a tooth has multiple or curved roots, Dr. Herget refers the patient to an Endodontist ( Root Canal Specialist ) for treatment.  After the specialist removes the nerve and places the root canal filling material, the specialist may place a temporary filling into the top of the tooth.  The patient will than need to return to Dr. Herget who will restore the tooth with a crown, post, or filling.  

Causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what they are not realizing is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause more problems for the  adjacent teeth.  Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

What does root canal therapy involve?

A root canal procedure usually is done in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, an access opening is made on top of the tooth.  Than a series of files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria.  If decay is present, it will also be removed.  Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials.


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Root canal therapy.  This website is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for Dental or Medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The information on this website does not create a patient-dentist relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.  By visiting this site you agree to all its terms and conditions, which may from time to time be changed or supplemented by Dr. James J. Herget listed in the Disclaimer.  If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you should not enter this site.  Dr. James J. Herget is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the Dodge/Columbia/Marquette Counties Dental Association.  Dr. Herget attended Marquette University in Milwaukee WI.  He graduated in 1988 and immediately moved to Mayville WI where he has been practicing Family Dentistry for 25+ years. Dr. James J. Herget performs many dental services, such as : Dental Fillings, Dental Crowns, Dental Bridges, Dental Implant Reconstruction, Dental Cleanings and Dental sealants ( performed by a licensed Dental Hygienist ), metal free, flexible, partial dentures ( no full dentures ), root canal treatment ( incisors and bicuspids ), basic extractions, and only uses “low-radiation” digital x-rays. If you are looking for quality, family, reasonably priced dentistry : Dr. James J. Herget is your dentist of choice !  If you are a Facebook user we would love to have you as a Friend or just LIKE our page. Root canals.  Affordable Mayville WI dentist.