Root canals are needed when the channels that run through the roots of our teeth become damaged and affect the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue known as the pulp. Without treatment, the surrounding tissue (the bone and gum) will become infected and diseased. For these reasons, we have a specialist on staff that is committed to root canals.
What is a root canal?
Our Endodontist, Dr. Amanda Lavorini, starts by boring a hole in the top of the tooth and using rotary instruments and a very high powered microscope cleans all of the infected or inflamed marrow out of the tooth and roots. The pulp is then replaced with an inert material called gutta percha. After a root canal, the tooth no longer has nerve tissue; but a tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function. Its only function is sensory. Root canal teeth are very brittle, and 95% need to have a crown put on to prevent them from fracturing.