Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected caused by either deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip or an injury to a tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
The procedure is no more invasive than a regular filling. It involves removing the damaged parts in the tooth thoroughly disinfecting the entire area then refilling the tooth to a fully functioning condition. In our clinic we use the latest technology which facilitates the preparation of the dental roots for optimal filling.
Unfortunately, if the dental pulp of a tooth is infected, the only alternative to endodontic treatment is extraction. Whenever possible we always try to save natural teeth. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the food you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.