When a tooth is badly decayed or infected, you may need a root canal. Root canal procedures used to be painful but today, they are routine and relatively painless. During a root canal, we remove the infected “pulp” around your tooth, your tooth is cleaned, and then it is filled and sealed.
Most root canals are lifetime fixes. Every once in a while, the tooth does not heal properly and in order to save the tooth, a retreatment must be performed. We perform retreatments in all of our offices.
An apicoectomy is a common procedure that helps to heal the root of a tooth without removing the rest of the tooth. During this procedure, the inflamed gum tissue at the root of a tooth is removed. This will often be done after a root canal.
A cracked tooth is common and the leading cause of tooth loss. Many things can cause a tooth to crack; pressure from grinding, temperature changes, injury, or age. Cracks can appear in many different ways and with differing levels of severity. Treatment depends on the type of crack but common treatments include bonding, placing a crown, a root canal, extraction or leaving the tooth alone.