A root canal also called endodontics therapy treats teeth that have become severely damaged, allowing the nerves and soft inner pulp of the tooth to become infected. At Sherwood Dental our general dentists may also recommend a root canal if a tooth has become so damaged or decayed that future infection appears inevitable. Most root canal procedures can take place at our office, however in certain situations, a tooth may need a specialized procedure that would be done with an Endodontist. In this case, our team at Sherwood Dental would handle referring you to a trusted Endodontic office to have this completed.
Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but modern endodontic techniques and anesthetics make the procedure no more uncomfortable than having a tooth filled. After completing the root canal, the tooth will also need a crown or filling to complete the restoration.
Because it spares at least part of the natural tooth, root canals are often the preferred way of handling significant damage to a tooth.
An extraction followed by bridgework or an implant is an alternative, but any replacement of a tooth may need maintenance after a number of years. A root canal procedure can ensure that the affected tooth lasts a lifetime.