Root Canals

Getting to the "root" of root canal treatment!

In the past, injured or diseased teeth frequently had to be removed. Today, they often can be saved through endodontic treatment. Also known as a root canal treatment, this procedure may be performed Dr. David Chow or an endodontist dental specialist depending on treatment complexity. More than one office visit usually is required.

What is a root canal treatment?

A root canal treatment generally involves the removal and replacement of a tooth’s pulp. The pulp is soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.The pulp is found in a canal that runs through the center of the hard tissue on the inside of the tooth (the dentin). The pulp extends from the pulp chamber in the crown down through the root canal to the tip of the root in the jawbone. A tooth has only one pulp chamber but may have more than one root and several root canals. This is the reason why not all root canals cost the same.

What if you do nothing, what are the risks?

If a root canal procedure is not performed, an abscess can form at the tip of the root and cause considerable pain. Even if there is no pain, the bone anchoring the tooth in the jaw can be damaged. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be extracted by Dr. David Chow.