Root Canal Therapy
For teeth that have deep decay (cavity) it can often infect the nerve of the tooth causing an abscess to form. Occasionally this infection can be asymptomatic, or it can cause significant discomfort. A tooth that has an infection may be treated with root canal therapy in efforts to save the tooth. An exam is required to evaluate if a tooth can undergo a root canal. Our goal is to relieve any pain or discomfort that the infection can cause, and prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the body.
A root canal is a procedure where the tooth is numbed so there is no pain or discomfort. The pulp (nerve) is removed, and the infection is cleaned out with instruments and medicaments. Afterwards a filling and crown are often recommended to protect the investment of the root canal preventing the tooth from further breakage and to protect the investment you’ve put towards the tooth.
Depending on the tooth, the severity of infection or the anatomy if root canal therapy cannot be performed in office, a referral is made to an Endodontist Specialist to evaluate the tooth for root canal therapy and determine the prognosis of such treatment. We work with wonderful specialists located throughout the area if such need is required.