Root canal therapy or treatment is necessary when the pulp or soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue inside your tooth becomes inflamed. This condition occurs when a tooth is severely diseased or proper care is neglected. During root canal treatment, your dentist removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and affected root canals of the tooth are then carefully cleaned and sealed. If root canal treatment is not performed and the infected pulp is not removed, severe pain and swelling may be experienced, and your tooth may need to be extracted.
Root canal treatment will alleviate any tooth pain. Typically, a crown is placed over the root canal treated tooth to provide protection. A root canal treated tooth still needs to be properly maintained just like a normal tooth. A tooth, even without a nerve, could still develop cavities or gum disease. With proper care and regular checkups however, the treated tooth is expected to last a very long time. In most cases, root canal treatment is a relatively simple procedure that should take a single visit. Our treatment will preserve and regain the strength of the tooth for every day use, while also saving your smile aesthetically.