Root Canal Therapy

There are multiple reasons a person would require root canal therapy. They include trauma to the tooth, deep decay that reaches the nerve of the tooth and situations where the nerve of the tooth has “died” and led to infection. If root canal therapy is indicated it is completed in 1-2 appointments. First, the nerve of the tooth is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned of infection. Second, a filling material is placed in the tooth and seals off the root. Oftentimes, a temporary filling is placed in the crown of the tooth to monitor is for a week or two. Then the crown of the tooth is filled in with a restoration and depending on the location of the tooth in the mouth and the state of the healthy tooth structure left a crown may be required to protect the tooth from breaking.