Root Canal Therapy
Why do I need a root canal?
Teeth that are extremely sensitive to temperature changes or to biting pressure commonly have underlying problems that can’t be fixed with a simple filling. Often, deep decay or a large restoration is too close to the pulp of the tooth, causing inflammation and sensitivity. The pulp contains a small bundle of nerves and blood vessels, and if inflamed long enough, begins to die. Once it reaches this point, the nerve must be removed via root canal therapy.
What is involved?
Root canal therapy removes the inflamed tissue through a small opening in the top of the tooth, followed by cleaning and disinfection of the now hollow tooth. Once clean, the tooth is filled and depending on the situtation, crowned.