Root Canal Therapy
With the use of modern technology such as durable nickel titanium files, digital x-rays and digital length readers, the stories being told about bad root canal experiences have virtually become a thing of the past.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special medicated dental materials, sealing off the tooth from any potential recurrent infection.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is often the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not often understood is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful, although on occasion a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.