Root Canal Therapy

A tooth with damaged pulp can be saved with root canal therapy.  Often called endodontic treatment, a root canal removes damaged pulp tissue, treats the affected area, and then seals it off to prevent further problems.

Conditions Requiring Root Canal Therapy

Many things can cause pulp damage or disease and require root canal therapy, such as:

Bacteria entering the pulp an causing infection.

A blow to a tooth that ruptures blood vessels or damages a nerve


Gum disease that infects the pulp.

A cracked or broken tooth that allows bacteria to enter the pulp.


Root Canal Procedure

Steps to save a tooth include:

1. Making an opening through the crown of the tooth into the root canal to gain access to the damaged pulp.

2. Removing the pulp through the opening in the crown and cleaning and disinfecting the root canal. 

3. Filling and sealing the root canal with a material that prevents bacteria from reentering the tooth.

4. Restoring the tooth with a filling or crown.