Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy) may be required to treat diseases of the tooth pulp (nerve) and the surrounding (periapical) tissue.
Often this treatment makes it possible to save a tooth which otherwise would require removal.
There are several reasons why a tooth requires a root canal, including extensive decay, periodontal (gum) infection as well as tooth injury or trauma.
Whatever the initial cause, the pulp (nerve) becomes irritated and infected allowing for bacteria to grow that can cause significant pain and pressure in the surrounding area. In some cases deterioration can occur so gradually that the patient doesn’t feel any pain and the problem can persist without any symptoms. In both cases bacteria causes inflammation to the tooth pulp and when that happens the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed and eventually destroy the bone around the tooth.
What does root canal treatment do?
Root canal treatment involves removing decayed and infected tissue from the tooth and the pulp chamber. Once cleaned, the chamber is filled and sealed with a medicated material.
Special care is given to monitor patients every step of the process and our highly trained staff are on hand throughout the entire procedure ensuring both patient comfort and safety.
Follow up care
After the root canal treatment is completed and the tooth is asymptomatic (no further signs of pain or swelling) the tooth will be permanently restored to its original chewing capability with a permanent filling or a crown (cap) to prevent further deterioration.