Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure where we numb you as we would for any dental treatment, and we carefully remove the nerve tissue from a tooth in order to save the tooth from having to be extracted. After a root canal is completed, the tooth will have no nerve and will be “dead” – and we can then restore the tooth with a post and a crown so you can use the tooth again. A root canal is also know as an “Endodontic procedure.”  We use a rotary technique which can be more efficient and faster than traditional hand-treated root canals, which means that you have can have successful root canal treatment, and spend less time in the dental chair.

Why does a tooth need a root canal?

A tooth is made of three layers — the outer layer of enamel, the middle layer called the dentin, and the inner layer, called the pulp chamber (the nerve). When a cavity progreses from the enamel, to the dentin, and then into the pulp, a root canal is needed because the nerve can become infected, which can lead to you losing the tooth.

What happens after a root canal?

In a root canal procedure, the canals (nerve chambers) mentioned above are filled with a non-reactive filling material. Once the root canal is finished, you should have a final restoration placed on the tooth (such as a crown) to protect the tooth from decay and/or fracture and chipping. We usually do so with a crown and sometimes with a post and a crown). When the root canal is done well, and the tooth is restored promptly, the long-term prognosis for the tooth is usually excellent.

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