Procedures

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the blood vessels and nerves (pulp) of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, an infection usually builds up at the root tip and can spread to the surrounding bone. This can result in pain and swelling, and your tooth may have to be removed.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does the treatment involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the temporary filling will be removed.  The root canal and pulp chamber will be disinfected and a temporary filling placed over the tooth.

Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed after the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment performed.