Root Canal Therapy
The living tissue (nerve and blood supply) inside a tooth is known as the “pulp”. The pulp is found in a chamber known as a root canal. Root canal treatment (also known as “endodontics”) is the process of removing the pulp from a tooth when the pulp has become damaged or infected (abscessed). The root canal system is then entirely sealed with a material. The tooth is then usually restored with a crown as a separate procedure.
It is our experience that with today’s techniques, we find there is little to no discomfort during the root canal treatment appointment. Also, most root canal treatments are completed in a single visit.
As long as the root of a treated tooth is nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.
When root canal treatment is discussed with you, many times the only other option you have at that point is extraction of the tooth. So, root canal therapy does give you the opportunity to maintain the tooth. Feel free to speak to the dentists at our Waterloo dental office about root canal treatment.