Inside your teeth, under the enamel and dentin layers, are soft tissue materials called pulp. The nerves and blood vessels enter the tooth from the tip of the root and run through the center of the tooth in a small, thin root canals, which join up in the pulp chamber.  When your pulp become infected, everything inside the pulp chamber and the canals have to be cleaned out.


Root canal therapy is a procedure of removing all dead and infected pulp tissues from a tooth with cavity. This procedure allow you to retain a tooth that has been infected and damaged by the cavity. Even though it is too late to restore with a regular filling, by doing root canal therapy, the tooth can recover from the infection and can be restore with a post and core and crown. The alternative is to extract an entire tooth. Root canal therapy can, and do fail within the first year.  If your root canal thaerapy should fail during the first year, it will be retreat at no cost to you.




  1. After the local anesthesia, the dentist will isolate the tooth that needs root canal treatment with a thin rubber sheet, called the rubber dam .  The rubber dam keeps the contaminants away from the tooth while being treated.
  2. The infected pulp from the effected tooth is removed by using a series of different size metal files or titanium files and irrigating the pulp canals with Sodium Hypochloride solution.
  3. Once the canals in the roots are thoroughly cleaned  and enlarged, the canals are filled in to close the opening from the end of the root tip.
  4. It is normal to take a few X-rays during this procedure for better visualization.
  5. Following treatment, the tooth may be subject to fracture. To prevent , restoration (filling), or post and core with crowns (caps) will be necessary to restore the tooth to function as soon as possible.
  6. If the interim filling feels high when you close your teeth in its usual position, then your occlusion (the proper fit of the bite) is high. Report this right away to your dentist. It should be corrected within 24 hours to prevent sore tooth for days and to avoid further problems such as toothache or tooth fracture.You will be evaluate the occlusion most accurately after the anesthesia is gone.
  7. Also, there are times when a minor surgical procedure (Apecoectomy) may be indicated when a tooth may not be amenable to root canal treatment alone.


Other treatment choices include no treatment, waiting for more definitive symptoms to develop, or tooth extraction. Risk involved in those choices might include but are not limited to pain, infection, swelling, loss of tooth/teeth, and infection to other areas of the mouth.

When a tooth have completed root canal therapy, you will see the white opaque fillings in the nerve chamber and the canals of the tooth. 





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