What is a Root Canal?
Root canals treatments are necessary when decay or a fracture has reached the nerve of the tooth and the tooth becomes infected or traumatized. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp (nerve tissue) is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function. Certain root canal procedures may be referred to a specialist (an endodontist) depending on the case.