Root Canals

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.