Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp of your tooth contains nerve tissue and blood vessels, which can lead to pain and a throbbing sensation when injured. This injury to the pulp can have a variety of causes such as deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack in the tooth. If left untreated, the inflammation and infection can spread to adjacent areas causing a swelling.
The procedure often times entails multiple appointments, but can be completed in one visit depending on the condition of the tooth. The procedure is composed of accessing the pulp, cleaning and shaping the root canal spaces, and filling the root canal spaces with a biocompatible material and cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. With advances in technology and techniques, our office can help restore your tooth to function normally for years to come.