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.
- Ability to save tooth vs. extraction
- Will effectively remove pain and infection in the nerve
- May require antibiotic treatment
- Access to tooth may be difficult or tricky
- Often requires referral to specialist
Tooth with a healthy root.
When decay or damage goes untreated it can result in an infection to the pulp chamber of the tooth.
After creating a small opening, very small instruments are used to clean and shape the root canal spaces.
Cleaned spaces are filled with a material and specialized cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.