Root Canals

When bacteria pushes deeper into a tooth, known as the pulp, the nerve of the tooth can be damaged.  A tooth can also develop nerve damage from a fracture deep within the tooth.  In either situation, if nerve damage occurs, the only option to restore the tooth is to remove the nerve and seal the canal where the nerve resided.  This procedure is called a root canal.  Teeth typically can have anywhere from 1-4 canals. Once sealed, the tooth typically needs to have its compromised core built up with a post and protected with a crown to prevent the hollowed out structure from breaking