Why is root canal therapy needed?
Root canal treatment is required when bacteria invade the nerve and vascular tissue deep in the tooth, either from a deep “cavity” or from physical damage such as a fracture.
What is root canal therapy?
Through an opening in the tooth, we clean inside the root to remove the damaged nerve tissue and bacteria. The procedure may take more than one appointment, depending on the curvature of the canal and the extent of infection present. Once the root canal is completely free of debris and disinfected, we fill the tooth with a natural substance and seal the tooth. Your tooth is now “non-vital”, without nerves and vascular tissue, the tooth is still nourished by surrounding tissues.
Some people think a root canal is an arduous alternative, physically and economically to extracting the tooth, this is not the case. During the procedure, you will be numb as you would be for any other treatment. As for your pocketbook, consider the cost of a dental bridge, implant or partial denture to replace the lost tooth.