What is a Root Canal?
- Root Canal Therapy is a procedure which removes the nerve that lies within the root of the tooth.
- Special attention is given to ensure the tooth is profoundly anesthetized so that the procedure is completely pain-free.
- Root Canals are needed if the nerve of a tooth is inflamed and causing severe pain, or the nerve is dead or infected.
Root Canal Procedure:
- A small opening is made in the tooth to gain access to the nerve chamber.
- A series of small files are used to remove the nerve tissue from the root.
- Once this is accomplished, the interior of the hollow root is further disinfected with antibacterial irrigants.
- Once properly cleaned, the hollow portion of the root is filled with a rubbery filling material.
Benefits of a Root Canal:
- Saves the tooth from being removed or replaced.
- Allows the patient to keep the tooth longer.