When a tooth has been injured or has become severely decayed, a root canal may be necessary to restore the tooth. Root canals offer the best alternative to losing a tooth because removing the tooth can cause problems in the future. Most people need a root canal because of a fractured tooth, a deep cavity that exposes the pulp to saliva, or an abscess which is a decay-infected tooth.
The dental experts at Today’s Smile Center are highly experienced in performing root canals, so you can relax knowing you are in qualified hands. The procedure itself will take more than one visit, but will begin with removing the nerve and dead or decaying parts of the tooth. A temporary filling is inserted into the tooth and possibly medication to keep it from getting infected. During your next visit, the temporary filling will be removed and the permanent material will be applied. Your tooth should remain healthy for the rest of your life, assuming you maintain good dental health habits.