Root Canal Treatment
You need a Root Canal when micro-organisms from your mouth get into, or close to, the inside of a tooth (called a nerve or pulp). The micro-organisms get there through cavities (usually), or cracks in a tooth. Often someone needs a Root Canal after a large filling, or sometimes where a crown has been placed.
Root Canal Treatment means making a small access, or entrance, in the top or back part of a tooth. From there, the inner portion is cleaned and filled.
A common misunderstanding is that we cut the roots from the tooth. I like to explain that it is more like cleaning and caulking the inside of a pipe. If you have a crown we are usually able to keep the crown in place for you. If you do not have a crown you will most likely need to have one placed after we finish with the Root Canal Treatment.
First time Root Canals have a very high probability of success.