Root Canal Therapy

Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp—which provides the tooth with nutrients, blood vessels and nerves—that extends down to the middle of the tooth’s root. Deep cavities, extensive dental work, trauma or sometimes unknown events can compromise the health of the dental pulp.  If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerve will die off which can cause significant pain and damage to the tooth, bone and soft tissues around the tooth. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth.

During the procedure, a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a core filling followed by a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored inlay/onlay or crown.

Left untreated, teeth requiring root canals can cause serious infections, pain, and damage to other teeth and tissues.