Root canals are required when the nerves and pulp inside the tooth are damaged by injury or trauma, decay has reached the pulp, or infection has developed inside the tooth. To save the tooth, the pulp, nerves and bacteria are removed and replaced with a filling and crown.
Steps to a Root Canal
- A root canal is performed by either a dentist or endodontist over several appointments.
- An opening is made at the top of the tooth and the pulp. Nerve tissues and bacteria will be removed.
- The tooth is sealed up with a filling and crown.
Caring for Your Teeth After a Root Canal
Detailed care instructions will be provided at your final appointment. You may experience increased sensitivity, but this will subside as the inflammation goes down.