Root Canals

An infected tooth will never heal on its own. That’s why we recommend root canal treatment to preserve a healthy, beautiful smile.

The inside of the tooth, called the pulp, contains the nerves, blood and veins that keep the tooth alive. Once a nerve becomes infected, the infection can spread down the tooth and into the jawbone. This can cause an excruciatingly painful abscess or, worse, lead to very serious — even life-threatening — consequences. There is no way of predicting whether widespread infection might occur in the future.

The options for treating a compromised tooth are limited to extracting the tooth or saving the tooth with root canal therapy.

Bear in mind that extraction is only a short-term solution. Teeth need each other for support. A missing tooth sets off a chain reaction of dental problems, such as shifting teeth, receding jawbone and greater risk of gum disease.

Root canal treatment eliminates the infection, relieves the pain and saves your tooth.

Sometimes, crowned teeth end up needing root canals after the fact. Root canal access holes on the crown can usually be filled afterwards without a problem, and the original crown stays intact for years. Otherwise, we may need to replace the crown in order to remove the infected pulp and treat the roots.