Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal involves the removal of the diseased pulp tissue inside the crown and root structure of the tooth. The canals are then precisely shaped and enlarged to remove bacteria and debris. These canals are then filled with a biocompatible material to seal the tooth off from the rest of the body.

Are root canals painful?

Root canals actually relieve pain. Local anesthetics are typically used to control any discomfort during a root canal procedure. Antibiotics may also be used if there is swelling in the area. Recent advances in technology and equipment have decreased the amount of visits required to complete the root canal.

Why do I need a crown on my root canal?

Root canal treated teeth can become more brittle with time resulting in tooth fracture. They usually have had prior extensive fillings, leaving little remaining tooth structure.

I have a dark front tooth, do I need a root canal?

Possibly. Trauma is usually the cause for a tooth to discolor. A dentist should evaluate your tooth. A test and x-ray can be performed to determine if a root canal is necessary.