Endodontics (Root Canal)

A root canal treatment involves the removal and replacement of a tooth’s pulp. The pulp is soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.

If pulp becomes damaged through injury (trauma) or disease (deep cavity) or repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings and cannot repair itself, bacteria and bacterial toxins leak into the pulp and cause pulp to die. If a root canal procedure is not performed, an abscess can form at the tip of the root and cause considerable pain. Even if there is no pain, the bone anchoring the tooth can be damaged. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be extracted.

Symtoms:

Sometimes no symptoms are present; however, signs you may need a root canal include:

Treatment:

Treatment  may involve one or multiple appointments where is nerve and blood vessels are removed, sterilized and filled with rubberized material that will prevent from further infection.

Alternatives to a Root Canal

Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. Your natural teeth allow you to eat a wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition. The root canal procedure is the treatment of choice.

The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting