Root Canal Therapy/Endodontics
A root canal is a dental treatment to remove injured/dead pulp tissue as well as the nerve of the tooth. It involves cleaning the pulp canals with small files and sterile irrigating solutions which rid the canals of infection.
A root canal can most often be completed in one appointment. You may experience some tenderness for a short time period (1-2 weeks) but will go away as it heals.
In order to prevent a root canaled tooth from breaking in the future, we will typically recommend a crown be placed to fully protect it and restore the rigidity of the tooth.
It is important to note that having a root canal does not protect your tooth from a new cavity from forming. Because the tooth now has no nerves you will not be able to tell if there is substantial decay so it is imperative to continue to keep it as clean as possible to prevent further breakdown.