Root Canals

Injury to the dental pulp (nerve) can lead to pulp infection and/or its death. Root Canal Therapy must be instituted in order to avoid the spread of infection to the surrounding root tissues and avoid the loss of the tooth. The treatment involves removing the nerve, filing the canals to a uniform shape and filling with a material called gutta percha. This is usally a two appointment procedure but can require more if canals are difficult to find or re-infection occurs. If the pulp dies without infection, your dentist may decide that the entire procedure can be completed in one appointment.