The part of the tooth that houses nerves, blood supply, and connective tissue is called the root canal. When this area becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal treatment is often necessary to save the tooth and avoid extraction.
Causes of Infection or Inflammation:
- A large cavity
- Injury to a tooth (crack or fracture)
- Repeated dental procedures
- An infection originating from the gum tissue
A Root Canal is Performed by:
1. Creating a small hole in the top of the tooth
2. Cleaning out all decay and tissue inside the tooth
3. Shaping the canals in order to seal them properly
4. Sealing the hole and/or building up the tooth
After the root canal, a crown or cap is fitted to the tooth to deliver the best longevity for your tooth. After your tooth has been restored, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene and continue regular dental checkups to keep it healthy.