Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment is needed when an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth’s root, leaving it vulnerable to infection and inflammation. A root canal procedure removes the diseased tissue, halts the spread of infection, and restores the tooth back to health.

A root canal treatment is relatively simple; first, we will first clean out the affected tooth, removing all signs of infection; we will also thoroughly disinfect the area. Then, we will fill and seal the tooth with a special filling. Often, we will use a crown to cap off the tooth in order to protect it from fracturing and re-infection, as well as restore it to normal function.

After access to the canal system has been attained, your dentist will clean and disinfect the area, and then fill and seal the tooth with a filling. Usually the dentist will use a crown to restore the tooth to adequate strain.

Benefits of Root Canals

  • Reduces the risk of losing a tooth – If tooth decay causes severe, irreversible damage, the dentist may have to extract the tooth. A root canal treatment is the dentist’s best effort to save your tooth before extraction becomes necessary.
  • Prevents the spreading of infection – Root canal treatments can stop infection of the decayed tooth from spreading any further to your gums or surrounding teeth.
  • Protects tooth from further damage – A root canal treatment is usually followed by the application of a filling and/or dental crown, protecting the tooth from bacteria that could re-infect the site.