The pulp is the soft tissue inside of the tooth containing blood vessels and nerves. The pulp can become inflamed or infected by bacteria if the tooth is cracked, chipped, has a deep cavity, or has been injured. If left untreated, the bacteria can infect additional tissue around the tooth and damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw. The infected tooth may have to be removed. Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, which then affects biting and chewing.
Root canal therapy can help save a tooth that otherwise would be extracted. During root canal treatment, the diseased pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned, and the area is sealed. Sometimes after a root canal, a crown will be placed over the restored tooth to provide additional protection. We aim to help you preserve your natural teeth as long as possible.
For your comfort, we offer nitrous oxide, gentle numbing, and pain alleviation during root canal treatment. Find out what we can offer to make your visit as comfortable as possible!