Endodontic procedures can save damaged teeth.
When a tooth becomes infected or severely decayed, a root canal is often required to save it. The “root canal” is the natural cavity in the center of the tooth, with a soft chamber containing pulpy tissue and the tooth’s nerve.
The nerve is not vitally important to a mature tooth’s health and function, and when it’s inflamed, it can be quite painful. During a root canal, the nerve and pulp are removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This eliminates the source of the pain and helps ensure the tooth won’t become infected again.
Dr. Koczarski has specialized training in endodontics and can make sure your root canal is as thorough and painless as possible. In fact, many patients report that a root canal is usually no more painful than a filling.
After a root canal, the tooth will usually need a crown or composite restoration to protect it and bring it back to full strength.