Root Canal Treatment

 Illustrated is an infected tooth that is restored by a root canal treatment.  The infected area within the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed with a special material prior to being restored with a  crown .  

Illustrated is an infected tooth that is restored by a root canal treatment.  The infected area within the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed with a special material prior to being restored with a crown.  

Each tooth has nerves and blood vessels running through them.  If the nerve is ever affected by a large cavity, trauma, crack, and/or fracture, then a root canal treatment may be needed to restore the tooth from infection and prevent further pain.  Typically, a root canal treatment is done as an alternative to save the tooth from needing to otherwise be extracted.  There are several factors that may require root canals to be done, which will be assessed and diagnosed by a dentist.

Simply put, a root canal treatment requires the pulp space and canals, where the affected nerve is present, to be cleaned out, disinfected, and then filled with a special material.  Depending on the situation of your tooth and the severity of infection or trauma present, this treatment may be done in one or several visits.  After the root canal is completed, a crown is usually placed to ensure that the tooth will be protected against a fracture.  

On certain occasions, a patient will be referred to our endodontist (root canal specialist) to have root treatment completed.