Root Canal Therapy
A root canal treats problems of the nerve within the tooth.
The nerve inside the tooth can become irritated and infected, and can cause pain, swelling, and/or a draining infection. A dying nerve can be associated with an abscess, which can lead to a very uncomfortable tooth ache! The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that may otherwise need extraction. During a root canal, the nerve tissue inside the tooth is carefully removed by making an opening in the top (crown portion) of the tooth. The chambers of the tooth roots are then permanently filled and sealed. Root canals may be necessary if trauma to the tooth or teeth have occurred. A bad fall or hard hit to a tooth can cause the nerve to die and require root canal treatment. In addition, a root canal may be necessary to aid in building up a tooth that has fractured beyond the more standard means of restoration. Deep decay and gum disease may also be contributing factors. Root canals have always had a very bad reputation, but we strive to make the process as painless and as comfortable as possible. In certain, more extensive cases we will refer a patient to a root canal specialist for the procedure if we feel that it is in your best interest!