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Cottingham Family Dentistry, in Columbia, SC, offers root canals as well as other services. We also serve Blythewood, SC and surrounding areas. Root canal treatment is the removal of the infected nerve of the tooth. The treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. This can be caused by a having a deep cavity, repeated dental procedures, a cracked or broken tooth, and an injury to the tooth (visible or not). During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.


A restored tooth could last a lifetime if consistent maintenance and care is provided. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities orĀ gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.


(803) 776-4234
3722 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205

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