Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. Root canals can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns or a crack/chip in the tooth. When you undergo a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth.
Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. The root canal procedure can help save your teeth. The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant or removable partial denture.
When a tooth doesn’t have enough of its original structure left due to trauma or decay we can often save it with the help of a crown. Crowns are dental restorations that are specially crafted to look and feel just like the tooth that we are saving. Once the crown has been crafted, we will make sure that the crown can comfortably fit over your tooth before we place it permanently.
Crowns are used to:• Protect and restore a fractured tooth• Restore a tooth that has suffered from decay• Protect a tooth that has experienced physical trauma• Cover a tooth that is unsightly• Finish a dental implant• Act as a dental bridge to cover a gap of missing teeth