Root Canals

When a tooth becomes extremely irritated irreversibly, infected with decay, or has fractured leading to exposure of the pulp tissue inside a tooth, a root canal may be necessary. A root canal is the removal of the affected pulp tissues, disinfection of the root canal space and sealing of the empty space with a thermoplastic material called Gutta Percha. This essentially seals off the tooth both inside and out so that the tooth can be retained and used without discomfort. A crown is usually placed over root canal treated teeth to protect it from fracture over time. These cases are usually completed in our clinic by Dr. Ben, but in some cases depending on the tooth and severity of the case he may refer you to an Endodontist (Root Canal Specialist) who is better equipped in dealing with such cases. In other cases however, the decay or fracture can be so catastrophic that it the tooth may have a poor prognosis and be beyond saving. At this point the tooth may need to be removed (extracted) so prevent further problems.