When Do You Need Root Canals?
When teeth have deep cavities or become cracked or broken, bacteria can make its way into the inner pulp of the tooth. This can cause a painful infection that can eventually lead to tooth loss if it isn’t cleaned in time.
Before a root canal, you will first undergo an X-ray so we can see the extent of the infection. Next, we will numb the area and make an access hole in the tooth. We then remove all of the infected pulp and decayed tissue, seal the tooth and place a filling in the access hole.
If a large amount of the tooth was affected, you may need a crown on top, but typically we will place a temporary crown, then fit you for a permanent restoration after you heal from the root canal procedure.