Root Canal Therapy
A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and otherwise would require extraction.
Reasons for Root Canal Therapy:
In order to save the tooth, the pulp (nerve and blood supply), bacteria and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is filled with an inert material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, a crown is generally recommended.
While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not 100% guaranteed. It is very important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed within a timely fashion after the root canal. If a permanent restoration is not placed, the tooth can fracture or further decay to the point where the root canal must be re-done or, worse, the tooth must be removed.
At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and perform root canal therapy. Our doctors will work closely with the endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown or necessary restoration after your root canal is completed. Our office staff can help assist you to coordinate your appointments if needed.