A tooth’s root does more than just support its crown; the root’s inner canal also carries vital nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues from your tooth’s pulp into your jawbone. When a tooth infection (or tooth decay) reaches the tooth’s pulp, the infection can travel through the root canal and into surrounding tissues. To prevent this and the need to remove the tooth, we may recommend root canal therapy to clean away the decayed tooth tissues and restore its structure. After cleaning the pulp and root canal, we will fill them with a biocompatible, rubber-like material called gutta percha, which strengthens the root to continue supporting your tooth.
After root canal therapy, your tooth may be structurally weaker, and we may recommend capping the tooth with a lifelike dental crown. The crown will restore the tooth’s outward appearance as well as provide further protection to ensure that your tooth doesn’t sustain further damage.