Root canal treatment is how we save a tooth that is in danger of being lost to infection. When a tooth is damaged, the soft inner tissue is exposed to possible infection. To prevent this from happening, or to treat it after it happens, we recommend root canal treatment.
The root canal procedure is straightforward. We drill a small hole in your tooth, remove the soft inner tissue (the pulp), and seal the tooth to prevent infection.
When the procedure is finished, we restore the tooth with a crown or other restoration.
Despite their somewhat fearsome reputation, modern root canal treatments are like having a tooth filled. Advances in dental technology and techniques have made the process much less painful than in the past. Any discomfort you feel can be managed with over the counter pain medication.