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Matthew M. Grau DDS, MS
Tel: 651-439-8764
2850 Curve Crest Boulevard
Suite 115
Stillwater, MN 55082
Office Hours
Monday - Thursday:
7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday:
8:00am - 1:00pm
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Root Canals

Root Canals

A root canal is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth) becomes inflamed or infected as a result of injury, deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a cracked or chipped tooth.

  • Most patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist describe the procedure as virtually painless. 
  • The majority of patients who have had a root canal performed by an endodontist would return to an endodontist for future work. 
  • Root canals performed by endodontists are a better and common alternative to tooth extraction.
  • When performing a root canal, an endodontist removes inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), and fills and seals the space.
  • After performing the procedure, the endodontist returns the patient to a general dentist to have a crown placed or other restorative work performed. 
  • After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.