A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of a tooth. It becomes necessary when a cavity infects a tooth’s interior, which can cause increased sensitivity and a whole lot of pain.
The technical term for a root canal is endodontic therapy. After an access hole is drilled in the surface of the infected tooth, the damaged interior, or pulp, is removed. The remaining tooth is thoroughly cleaned, filled, and sealed. A crown is placed over the whole thing to protect it, and provide a natural-looking appearance.
Most people don’t like going to the dentist to begin with, and root canals have the reputation of being painful. We provide sedation dentistry to those patients who need it. It won’t make you sleep, but will make you feel much more at ease.