Root Canal

Root canals are performed by the dentist when the pulp of the tooth is dead or dying due to infection, decay, or trauma.  The pulp chamber is accessed through the top of the tooth.  The canals are then measured in length.  Once the canal lengths are determined the dentist uses as series of files to clean and shape the canals.  Once the canals have been shaped the canals are sterilized with a  hypochlorite solution.  Gutta percha is then sealed in place to prevent a new infection of the canal space.  A core buildup and crown are usually required after a root canal.