Root Canal Therapy

A root canal involves the treatment of the soft tissue inside the tooth called the pulp.  The pulp consists of nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive and healthy.  A root canal is performed when the nerve of a tooth becomes damaged or infected.  A diseased pulp can cause symptoms such as pain, sensitivity, and abscess formation.  

Root canal therapy is designed to save a problematic tooth.  With modern technology and techniques, root canals are efficient and very well tolerated.  They also have a very high rate of success.  

The procedure involves making a small hole through the top of the tooth into the inner pulp chamber.  The diseased part of the tooth is removed, cleansed, disinfected, and sealed.  Nowadays, most patients who require root canals experience little or no discomfort and get to enjoy their own, restored tooth.