Root Canal Therapy is needed when a tooth becomes infected, or will be hyper-sensitive after the removal of decay. The nerve and blood supply are removed, and any infection is treated. Afterward, the tooth is basically dead. However, it is still attached by the ligaments to the jaw bone.
After the roots, or conduits of the teeth have been cleaned out, the conduits are then filled in with a material called “gutta-percha”. This fills in the space of the conduits, and seals them. A front tooth will usually have 2 conduits, and a molar can have 4 or 5. The more conduits, the more complicated. Some teeth have curved roots, and in some, calcification has plugged up the conduits, making the root canal even more complicated. Because a root canal is a delicate treatment, we insure that it is always done correctly, by using only board certified root canal specialists.