Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is an indispensable procedure in treatment of teeth that are severely decayed, infected, or broken. Root canal therapy can save your teeth from extraction.

Dental Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is part of a naturally occurring space within a tooth that consists of the pulp chamber, the main canal(s), and more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the surface of the root. The smaller branches are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length.

During a root canal treatment, Dr. Foksa will access the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth and will get access to canals contained in the roots of the tooth. The infected nerve is removed and the canals are shaped and cleaned using special files and solutions to smooth the walls and ensure no pulp tissue or infection is left behind. The canals are then filled with a special material that seals off the root canals.

Unfortunately, after root canal therapy the tooth often becomes brittle. To protect the tooth from fracture, it is highly recommended for a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy to be restored with a crown.

Because of the complexity and difficulty of root canal therapy (due to multiple configurations and particularities of root canal in each individual) this treatment is sometimes a challenge for the dentist. In such cases, it is necessary to refer the patient to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in root canal therapy.