Root canal treatment is an indispensable procedure in the treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or broken. Root canal treatment can add a few more years to your teeth's life, saving them from extraction. When the nerve tissue inside a tooth degenerates due to deep decay or trauma, a root canal treatment can clear out infection, save your tooth and ensure the tissue around the root stays healthy.
A root canal is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canal, and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length.
Our dentists will access the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth and will reveal the root canals contained in the roots of the tooth. The infected nerve is removed and the canals are shaped using special files to smooth the walls and ensure no pulp tissue or infection is left. The canals are then filled with a special material that seals off the root canals.
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. Without treatment, infection in the tooth pulp can result in an abscess, which can damage the jawbone beneath.