Root Canals

When a tooth has been significantly damaged or has a serious infection, Dr. Cave may recommend root canal therapy in order to save it.

When Is a Root Canal Needed?

The interior of the tooth, referred to as the pulp, contains nerves and blood vessels that support the tooth. The pulp can become damaged and infected due to cavities that have gotten deep into the tooth, cracks or fractures, or other injuries that may have affected the tooth.

The infection of the interior of the tooth can cause an abscess to form, which could cause you pain in the tooth and the surrounding area. If the infection is left untreated, it can spread to the nearby tissue and bone, putting you at risk of losing the tooth.

The Procedure

Root canal therapy will typically take one to two visits to our office to complete.

You will first need X-rays to get a clear picture of the tooth and surrounding bone.

A local anesthesia will be used, so you will have little to no pain during your procedure.

Dr. Cave will create an opening in the top of your tooth from which he will clear out the infected tissue.

Once the interior of the tooth is cleaned out, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and a temporary filling will be used to close the opening.

A crown—an artificial tooth—will be placed over the tooth to help restore structural integrity.

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