For generations root canals have often been at the bad end of many comedian’s jokes…

We’ve all heard “I’d rather have a root canal than…”

It is my opinion that root canals are just like marriages. We hear about the few bad ones – not the majority…the good ones. Contrary to popular belief, root canals are one of the most successful procedures in dentistry.

And given that the proper care most often can be completed simply, comfortably and, in our office, a single visit.

Without the technology here at Cigno Family Dental root canals can be uncomfortable and take up to five visits.

A tooth is comprised of three layers. The outer layer is the enamel, which is the hardest structure in the body, it is designed to bear the forces of chewing and protect the inner layers of the tooth structure. The next inner most layer is called dentin, dentin is softer than enamel and is made up of tubules or passage ways that connect the inner chamber, where the life supporting structures are, with the outer enamel layer. Bodily fluids and electrical charges are transported through these tubes. The inner most area is a hollow chamber which houses the life supporting structures for the tooth including the nerves and blood vessels.

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If the nerve of the tooth is damaged in any way (due to decay, trauma, improper forces to name a few) inflammation and infection can occur. If the nerve becomes inflamed or infected the area may or may not become painful, often if there is pain it is a sign that the problem has become larger. Only through dental x-rays and other tests can we tell that you have a problem before it is painful.

The root canal procedure removes the damaged and infected tissues inside the hollow inner chamber and seals the chamber to prevent further infection.

This effectively protects and saves the tooth for restoration with a crown which taken care of properly can prevent you from losing the tooth entirely causing other dental problems and cause more physical and financial pain.

In a nut shell root canals save teeth and take care of potentially painful situations, they should not cause pain.


We are also a Milwaukee dentist, serving Milwaukee, Greenfield, and surrounding areas. If you think you need – or have been told you need a root canal – we’d love to be your dental provider.

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