Root canal treatment, more commonly known as a root canal, is a common endodontic treatment used to treat the inner pulp of a tooth. When a tooth becomes damaged or decayed and is left untreated, or if the damage is extensive enough to reach the inner parts of the tooth, it can cause the pulp (center of tooth, consisting of nerves, blood vessels, and tissue) to become infected. If the infection is left untreated, the tooth can die and require an extraction.
To prevent your tooth from needing to be extracted, and to remove the infection inside your tooth, our dentist can perform a root canal treatment. This procedure involves removing any damaged parts on the crown of the tooth, or the part of the tooth that is above the gum line. Next, our dentist will use small tools to remove the infection inside, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated resin, similar to that of a filling. Finally, our dentist will restore the crown of the tooth with a dental restoration, such as a crown or bridge; this will ensure that your treated tooth maintains a natural-looking appearance and its natural functionality.
If you would like to know more about root canal treatments, and if you would like to schedule a consultation with our dentist, we invite you to contact us today. We are here to help restore your smile’s health and appearance!