Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth has significant decay that affects the pulp of the tooth or there is inadequate tooth structure to support a crown, Root Canal Therapy may be necessary.
Inside the tooth, under the enamel and dentin is the pulp tissue. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes infected. The inflammation or infection may have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures, trauma to the tooth and faulty restorations to name a few. Left untreated, an inflamed or infected pulp may lead to a dental abscess and may cause pain.
When treatment is indicated, the inflamed and/or infected pulp tissue is removed from the canal. The canal is carefully cleaned and disinfected. The canal is then filled with a rubber like material called gutta percha. Once this is completed, the tooth can be restored with a crown.