When decay or injury causes a tooth to become infected, a root canal can save your tooth.
Root canal treatments require making a hole in the tooth to remove its infected nerve. We will often apply a permanent filling, and cap it with a crown to support the remaining tooth.
What to expect
- Root canal treatments are performed under local anesthetic and most patients actually find root canals to be a comfortable dental procedure.
- You need to come in for 1 or 2 appointments, because root canals are done in stages to ensure all possible infection is removed.
- Following your procedure, your dentist will prescribe medications, normally pain medications and antibiotics and instruct you to avoid biting in that area of your mouth for 72 hours.