Successful root canal therapy and the appropriate restoration can save a tooth for a lifetime!
Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is typically a simple procedure. If the nerves and blood vessels of a tooth have been damaged beyond repair, the tooth can be saved rather than extracted by performing root canal treatment. A crown or filling is placed on the tooth after the procedure is complete.
Why are Root Canals needed?
The pulp, the inside of each tooth, runs down through the root and provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth. If the pulp becomes injured it will die, and without treatment, eventually it will become infected. Deep cavities or cracked teeth are common causes of pulp death. These types of problems allow bacteria into the pulp, thus causing infection. The infection allows pus to build up at the root tip, forming an abscess that can cause damage to the bone around the teeth. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling may occur.