Root Canals

There are several reasons you might need root canal therapy:

  • Infection of the nerve inside the tooth
  • A cavity that infects the nerve of the tooth which often causes a toothache
  • Trauma to a tooth
  • Sometimes in preparation for a crown

A root canal involves completely numbing the tooth, removing the nerve of the tooth, and filling it in with a sealer. Teeth often need to be treated with crowns after root canal therapy. Some complicated root canals may need to be performed by a specialist dentist, called an endodontist.


While it's our goal to do everything to save your natural tooth, in the end, removing a potentially harmful tooth can spare you time, money and discomfort. Many factors can contribute to this – extensive trauma, decay, gum disease, badly broken teeth or baby teeth that won’t fall out. Before your procedure, we will walk you through the procedure, and anesthetize the tooth that is to be removed. Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, your dentist may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.