For those with an infection of the inner tooth pulp, a root canal may be the only option to save the tooth and stop the infection. Luckily, over the past 10 to 20 years, the field of root canal therapy has seen advancements that speed up the process, while also increasing the probability of completely removing the infection.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is the process of removing infected or dead pulp tissue from your tooth. When germs enter the tooth through deep cavities, cracks, or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. The abscess is infection which has spread to the root tip of the tooth and can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. The treatment requires cleaning and disinfecting the inner tooth, using fine instruments, then filling the root portion with a rubber seal. The upper part of the tooth is filled with a hard filling material and a crown is usually recommended to help prevent further tooth fractures.
For a consultation regarding your root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Frank Despond at his Waterdown family dentistry office.