Although root canal therapy has a bad reputation, it is actually a remarkable treatment that has the potential to relieve severe dental pain and save an infected or damaged tooth from extraction. When we perform this procedure, we do all we can to ensure our patients are comfortable and that they experience satisfactory results. This page explains more about what root canal therapy is and what you can expect from it.
During root canal therapy, we access the inner portion of a tooth, the pulp. Using special tools, we clean out the damaged or infected area and remove the tooth’s nerve, which may have been sending pain signals to the brain. Then, we fill in the tooth with a special material called gutta percha. Later, we may place a crown to protect the treated tooth. Anesthesia, along with sedation if requested, contributes to patient comfort throughout the treatment process.