What Are Root Canals?
Each of your teeth has a small pulp on the inside, which houses the blood supply and nerves. When this pulp becomes infected by decay, or exposed due to a crack or fracture in the tooth, it may need to be removed. Root canals are incredibly common procedures, and help to retain the overall structure of a compromised tooth. This prevents the need for an extraction, while simultaneously eliminating any pain or sensitivity specific to that tooth.
Why Are Root Canals Needed?
One of the most common reasons for needing a root canal is due to decay. Cavities that were left untreated can get to the point where the decay reaches the inner pulp, leading to pain and sensitivity. Another reason for needing a root canal is because you’ve had a tooth crack, break, or fracture in a way that exposes the inner pulp. We will perform an examination to determine if and when a root canal is needed.