A root canal is a treatment for a tooth that is badly decayed, infected or traumatized. When a tooth’s nerve is damaged, it breaks down and germs colonize within the pulp. Often times an abcess (pus-filled pocket) will form at the end of the roots of the tooth. In many instances, the infection spreads to other areas of the face, neck or head. It is important to completely remove the infection in your tooth as quickly as possible to that the bacteria do not continue to destroy more teeth and bone.
Remember that the pain from an infected tooth is relieved when a root canal is performed and we will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable.
Although we do many root canal procedures, some difficult cases require a referral to a specialist called an endodontist.
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