Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics) is a common procedure for saving teeth. 

What is Root Canal Therapy?

It involves locating the small canals in a tooth which house the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth.  Once located, the canals are cleaned, sterilized and sealed to prevent bacteria from reentering this space.

Pictures & Video:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/r/root-canals.aspx

Reasons why a dentist may recommend Root Canal Therapy

Infected Tooth (a tooth can infect for many reasons)

  • tooth decay that has extended to or close to the nerve/blood vessels of the tooth
  • bacteria that reaches the nerve/blood vessels via a crack in the tooth
  • following trauma, a tooth can infect within days, or years later
  • teeth that have received extensive treatment in the past are subject to infection
  • occasionally teeth will die and infect for no known reason

Broken Tooth

  • tooth breaks in such a manner that exposes the nerve/blood vessels of the tooth
  • tooth breaks in such a manner that the tooth will require a post to allow a restoration to be successfully placed and retained (root canal therapy is required before all post placement, because the post is cemented into one of the canal spaces)

Denture Attachments

  • root canal therapy is often completed so that precision denture attachments can be placed within teeth to anchor a denture securely in a patient's mouth

  • the photo shows a model of a lower overdenture that will snap into place using the precision attachments placed into the lower canines following root canal therapy