A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has an inflamed or infected pulp (the soft tissue inside the root canal). The pulp can become inflamed or infected when there is deep decay, there is a large chip or crack in the tooth, the tooth has had repeated dental procedures or there has been a traumatic injury to the tooth. If left untreated the inflamed or infected pulp will lead to pain and an abscess A root canal involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp and replacing it with materials that seal the canal from the surrounding tissue.

Endodonic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits. We will carefully numb your tooth and make a small opening through the chewing surface of the tooth. Special instruments are then used to remove the diseased pulp. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned, disinfected and sealed. After the tooth is feeling better, a permanent crown or filling will be placed. In certain situations we may refer you to a qualified root canal specialist for treatment.