Inside each tooth is the pulp – a soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. If the pulp becomes diseased (such as from decay) or injured (such as from impact), the pulp tissue dies. If this tissue is not removed, the tooth becomes infected and could be lost. During a root canal treatment, the pulp is removed and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. A crown or onlay is usually placed over the tooth to make it stronger.
Contrary to what most believe, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure that involves little to no discomfort. Dr. Kratz and our staff are committed to your comfort, whether than means making sure you are fully numb before the procedure begins or taking the time to address any concerns you may have before we begin.
Your restored tooth will remain healthy as long as the tissues around it nourish the root(s). With proper care and regular check-ups, your restored tooth could last a lifetime.