What is a root canal?

A root canal is a procedure that is needed when the soft tissue (that contains the nerves and blood vessels) of the tooth is infected or inflamed. This infection and inflammation often cause severe tooth pain, which is corrected with a root canal.

Common dental conditions that can lead to infection and inflammation are:

  1. Multiple procedures performed on a single tooth.

  2. Tooth decay due to oral diseases or poor dental hygiene.

  3. Untreated chips or cracks in the tooth.

Benefits of a root canal:

  • Improve tooth appearance

  • Improve dental health

  • Relieve pain in the infected tooth

What is the procedure of a root canal?

Dr. Ellis would perform a root canal to remove the infected soft tissue. The inside of the tooth is cleaned out. Once the tooth has been disinfected, it will be sealed to prevent future infection. In order for this procedure to be long-lasting, it is often restored with a crown or filling to protect it.