Although root canal therapy frequently receives negative press, this conservative procedure can save a compromised tooth and revive your oral health. Root canal therapy is indicated when a tooth develops an infection, which can be due to dental decay, fracture, or other trauma to the tooth, causing the pulp tissue inside the tooth to die. When this happens, inflammation and pressure build inside the tooth. If left untreated, you risk potentially serious complications, such as an abscess, intense pain, or tooth loss.
With root canal therapy, we can alleviate discomfort and prevent the need for extraction. Root canal therapy is typically completed in 1-2 appointments. Some cases are also referred to an endodontist. The diseased tissue is removed from the tooth, replaced with a biocompatible material, and then the tooth is sealed off. Another appointment will be necessary to fit the tooth with a custom crown.