Root Canal

Root canal therapy is performed to save a tooth that has become infected. Teeth can become infected as a result of deep decay into the nerve area, a deep crack in the tooth, a tooth that has had trauma of some kind or for other various reasons. In this situation, the nerve tissue is removed from the root area of the tooth and the canal spaces in the roots are cleaned out carefully and filled. After the root canal is finished, the tooth becomes more brittle and has a higher risk of breaking.

Therefore, it is recommended that a crown be placed on the tooth, particularly if it is a back tooth, to help protect it. Front teeth often do not require a crown after root canal treatment is done.