What is a Root Canal and why Would I need One?

Root canal therapy is a specialized dental procedure to save teeth that are infected or can become infected. It is recommended for teeth where there is severe tooth pain, a deep crack or break, or a deep cavity that is very close to or is into the nerve space. If left untreated, severe pain, swelling, and or an abscess can follow.

How is a Root Canal Performed?

Specialized tools are used to clean out the decayed nerve tissue and infection. After it is clean, a resin or rubber filling material is used to fill in the voids to prevent future infection. After a root canal, a crown or other protective restoration is needed to guard against tooth fracture or breakage.