A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
We have a specialist (endodontist), Dr. San Filippo that performs root canals in our office. The endodontist will use a microscope and other special instruments to perform the procedure. It can usually be finished in one visit but occasionally will be two. Once completed, a crown will be placed on top of the tooth to prevent any fracture or leakage of bacteria back into the canal.