Root Canal Therapy

A "root canal" is a term used to describe the natural cavity in the center of a tooth. This area contains a soft portion known as the pulp chamber that houses the nerves and blood vessels. If this area becomes irritated or infected due to cavities, trauma or decay, root canal therapy is necessary. If left untreated, the infection can cause an abscess, which can lead to swelling of the face and bone loss around the roots of the tooth. Root canal therapy is performed to resolve the abscess and save the tooth. The procedure involves removing the dead pulp tissue, cleaning and shaping the root canal and then sealing it off to prevent future bacteria from entering the tooth. After the root canal is successfully completed, restoring the tooth with a crown is usually highly recommended to preserve the tooth structure and provide strength for chewing. Dr. Rigden usually completes this treatment in one to two visits.