Endodontics (Root Canals)
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy, often referred to as a “Root Canal”, is likely the most well-known endodontic procedure, and is required when the pulp (blood supply and nerve) of a tooth has become infected. This can be due from extensive decay or trauma. Left untreated, a tooth infected in this manner can cause more serious issues that result in loss of bone in the jaw. The infected tissue will be removed, allowing the canal to be sanitized before being filled with sealant. It is considered the standard of care to fit a crown on top of the tooth because it can become brittle and break.
“Root canal” has been an intimidating term in the past, but recent advances in technology have rendered the procedure much quicker, easier, and less scary.