Root Canal Therapy is performed when the nerve or pulp of the tooth has been damaged, usually by decay or physical trauma. The treatment consists of removing the pulp — otherwise known as the nerve tissue — inside the roots of the tooth. The cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing of the root canals follows shortly. After treatment, the tooth survives from nourishment by adjacent tissues of the periodontal ligament that surrounds the tooth.
The whole process generally takes about an hour and is finished with local anesthetic, The experience is quite similar to having a regular filling placed. When you leave our office following the treatment, you will have a temporary filling in the chewing surface portion of your tooth. You will need to return to your family dentist ASAP for a permanent restoration.
We are endodontic dental specialists, who have three additional years of advanced training after completing dental school. We limit our practice to root canal treatment and other procedures involving the soft inner tissue of the tooth referred to as the pulp.