Root Canals

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a method used to help save teeth that years ago would have been extracted. The sick and/or dead and infected pulp tissue deep inside the tooth is removed. Without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip, in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess. An abscess can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.  Left long enough, the infection can eat through the facial bones and pus will ooze slowly into your mouth through a fistula (a tract or connection), which looks like a pimple on your gums.

How long will the restored tooth last?

Once root canal therapy is complete, a dental crown (made of porcelain or gold) is usually placed to protect the tooth. Your restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary.