If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (also called the pulp) of a diseased or infected nerve. Root canal treatment is a process in which the infected pulp of a tooth is removed. After the infected pulp is removed the remaining pulp chamber is then treated for prevention of future infection and sealed. See the step-by-step process below for more detail. Some root canal cases result in a loss of the infected tooth and a crown becomes necessary. In 95 percent of the cases today, however, this is no longer true. We believe in saving teeth. We make every effort to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime! See our informative blog post about how to know if you need a root canal AND a crown.