Why: Root Canal Therapy is necessary when decay and/or bacteria has reached the nerve in the middle of the tooth, usually resulting in a tooth ache. Ouch!
- The decay and nerve of the tooth are removed.
- A biocompatible material is placed in the root(s) of the tooth.
- A large filling is placed where the decay was.
- A crown is made to protect the tooth and the treated root canal(s). You can then rejoice because the pain is gone and you have a functioning tooth.
Next Steps: Root Canals have a very high success rate and generally last for 10 years or more. Making sure to keep the new crown that covers and protects clean are key in maintaining the longevity of this dental solution.