Root Canals

It used to be that if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, extraction was the only option. Now, thanks to root canal therapy that tooth may be restored.

Inside each tooth is pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth running like a thread through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If left alone, the tooth may become infected and need to be extracted. During a root canal procedure, the doctor simply removes the pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleans and seals it off.  A crown is then installed to complete the seal and protect your tooth for the future.

After the procedure, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to combat any remaining infection and to protect against any spread of infection.  Please do not eat anything until after the anesthesia has worn off. Even then, foods that will not put unnecessary strain on your teeth are recommended.

If you experience pain or swelling, please contact our office.