When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, we make a judgment call on the course of treatment, here at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is usually the only way to save the tooth.
During a root canal (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is taken out. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.
The root canal is only the primary step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The concluding processes are the core build-up and crown.
We use strong, natural-looking crowns that blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and checkups, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue—free for the rest of a patient’s life.