Root Canal Therapy
Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment.
At the center of every tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and swelling can result.
When a tooth becomes infected or severely decayed, a root canal is often required to save it. Root canal therapy involves cleaning and disinfecting the nerve canal. The nerve is not vitally important to a mature tooth’s health and function, and when it’s inflamed, it usually causes discomfort. Once the canal is cleaned out and cleared of all infection it is carefully sealed to keep out bacteria. This eliminates the source of discomfort and helps ensure the tooth won’t become infected again.
After a root canal, Dr. Heller will likely need to place a crown or composite restoration to protect it and bring it back to full strength. Usually a porcelain crown is fabricated immediately near the time of the procedure to restore your tooth to full strength and its natural appearance as quickly as possible.