Root Canals

Root Canals

A tooth with damaged pulp can be saved with root canal therapy. Often called endodontic treatment, a root canal removes the damaged pulp tissue, treats the affected area, and the seals it off to prevent further problems.

Conditions Requiring Root Canal Therapy
Many things can cause pulp damage or disease and require root canal therapy, such as:

  1. Bacteria entering the pulp and causing infection.
  2. A blow to a tooth that ruptures blood vessels or damages a nerve.
  3. Gum disease that infects the pulp.
  4. A cracked or broken tooth that allows bacteria to enter the pulp.

Root Canal Procedure
Steps to save a tooth include:

  1. Making an opening through the crown of the tooth into the root canal to gain access to the damaged pulp.
  2. Removing the pulp through the opening in the crown and cleaning and disinfecting the root canal.
  3. Filling and sealing the root canal with a material that prevents bacteria from re-entering the tooth.

You will need to restore the tooth with a filling or crown after the root canal is completed.