The most common reason to need a Root Canal is when a deep cavity, crack or traumatic injury to the tooth allows bacteria and their products to leak into the pulp chamber of a tooth. If the injured or diseased pulp is not removed, the tissue surrounding the root of the tooth can become infected and an abscess can form. Without treatment the tooth may have to be removed.
A root canal can relieve discomfort and allow the patient to keep the tooth and not have to have the tooth extracted.
Treatment involves one or more visits. There are several steps in the process of treatment that will be needed to help ensure a successful outcome. Once the root canal is completed it is usually recommended that the tooth be crowned. The purpose is to strengthen the tooth and improve its appearance to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size. Good oral hygiene at home and regular dental exams are necessary to help maintain a healthy mouth.