The root canal is the passageway through to the center of the tooth where the pulp is located. The nerve of the tooth lies within the root canal. Due to infection or decay, a root canal treatment may be required to remove the infection or decay and preserve the tooth. Come on in for quality, gentle care. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During root canal treatment, we begin by numbing the tooth. This is the same procedure as when fillings are placed. We then remove the unhealthy nerve and medicate the tooth to treat the infection (bacterial abscess). After the infection is treated and removed, a filling is placed in the roots where the unhealthy nerve was located.
Is My Tooth Different After a Root Canal?
Yes. Because the damaged nerve was removed and the tooth experienced infection, the tooth is now more brittle than before. Thus, it must be crowned to preserve it. Once the crown is in place, continue treating it the same as the remaining natural teeth by brushing and flossing daily and keeping up with regular preventative care through your semi-annual cleanings and annual examinations with our office.