Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a treatment to preserve and extend the life of a tooth.  This therapy is needed when the pulp or nerve has abscessed or become damaged.  The treatment involves removal of the dead or dying nerve tissue from canals within the roots of the tooth.  Those canals are then filled with a material to seal the space once it has been cleansed by instrumentation and chemical irrigation.

Root canal therapy has a high success rate but there is always the future possibility of failure.  We believe that all root canals have a life span, but can extend the life of a diseased tooth indefinitely.   Teeth with completed root canals usually need to be restored with crowns to protect the compromised tooth from fracturing or breaking since they those teeth do become brittle over time.