Root Canals

A root canal is a treatment for diseased (abscessed) teeth. This treatment can be provided by your dentist or you may be referred to a specialist for treatment.

In healthy teeth, the interior of the tooth is filled with living tissue called pulp. Once the tooth is injured, cracked or decayed, it is necessary to open the tooth and clean out the infected tissue in the centre. This space is then filled and the opening sealed. During the procedure the area around the tooth is anesthetized (frozen).

Once the root canal treatment has been completed, a crown or cap, as well as a post, may be necessary to protect the tooth. Teeth that have had root canal treatment can stay as healthy and last as long as other teeth. In most instances, you won’t be able to feel or see a difference.