Root Canal Therapy
Dental pulp, found in the center of each tooth, contains a nerve which extends from the tooth’s root to bring vital nutrients to the tooth. If a tooth’s pulp is injured, damaged, or infected, the nerve within the pulp will die and, unless endodontic treatment (root canal) is performed, the tooth may die as well. In many cases, root canal therapy (removal of the nerve tissue in the tooth) can save damaged teeth by preserving the tooth in the mouth. After the root canal is successfully completed, restoring the tooth with a crown is usually highly recommended to preserve the tooth structure and provide strength for chewing.
Your dentist will give you local anesthetic on the infected area.
A rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to protect your tooth from bacteria from your saliva.
Your dentist will drill an opening in the tooth to the damaged pulp and slowly remove the pulp by cleaning the root canal system.
Your dentist will seal the canal after it has been cleaned.
The hole drilled on your tooth is sealed with filling to protect bacteria from entering.
Your dentist may choose permanent filling or crown to restore your tooth depending on your tooth's condition.