A root canal is usually the preferred treatment when a nerve becomes infected (abscessed). This can happen when there is deep decay, fillings, crowns, or from trauma.
A small hole is made to access the nerve then, a series of files are used to clean out the infected nerve canal. Next, a filling material called gutta percha is used to fill the canal. In most cases, a crown is used to hold the remaining tooth structure together.
Care should be taken to eat a softer diet for a short period to allow for healing.Soreness and Sensitivity:
Root canal therapy is about 95% effective in restoring the tooth back to normal function. However, mild discomfort occasionally lingers for a few weeks before the tooth feels normal. If soreness does not improve after the first weeks, please call our office.
Normal oral hygiene is recommended after the final crown is placed.