Root Canals

Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. With proper care, an Endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.  Different studies report different success rates of root canals, most report over 90% success rate.  Many people have a negative opinion on root canals based on misinformation.  The procedure is NOT painful.  In fact, many patients say the same thing when the procedure is completed, "that was it?"  Many times a crown is indicated following the root canal procedure for several reasons.  First, the crown protects the tooth from breaking after we sever the ability of the tooth to nourish itself, thereby making the tooth brittle.  The crown seals out any bacteria from "re-infecting" the treated tooth.

root1 Tooth with a healthy root.
root2 When decay or damage goes untreated it can result in an infection to the pulp chamber of the tooth
root3 After creating a small opening, very small instruments are used to clean and shape the root canal spaces.
root4 The cleaned spaces are filled with a biocompatible material and specialized cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.