Root Canal treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep cavity or filling, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.  Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible abscess or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.  Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw.  Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.  

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of the symptoms above, Dr. Chin or Dr. Wu will most likely recommend root canal treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.