Root Canal Therapy is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
In order to save the tooth, the dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, then fills and seals the space. After a root canal is done, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
Our doctor may be able to perform your root canal therapy here at Inland Shores Family Dental or she may decide that your root canal therapy should be performed at the root canal specialist’s (endodontist) office.