A root canal is a procedure that repairs and saves a badly damaged or infected tooth. The pulp (center of tooth) is removed and replaced with an invert material. A root canal is also known as endodontic treatment.

Why is a root canal needed?
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth.

Is there alternate treatment?
The only other treatment that can be done is the removal of the tooth.

What does the procedure involve?
The damaged pulp is removed, the canal of the tooth is then cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed with an invert material.

After the root canal is done, is there any other treatment that is needed?
Yes, once the tooth has a finished root canal, the tooth will be closed with a filling or build up. Often times, the tooth will need to be treated with a crown.