Root canal therapy is sometimes needed to save a tooth from extraction. A root canal becomes necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or irreversibly inflamed. The nerve (also known as the pulp) of the tooth is contained within the root. When the pulp becomes damaged by bacteria or through trauma, it is removed and the canal space is carefully filed, shaped, and disinfected. A special filling material is placed to the end of the root, which allows you to retain the tooth. A crown is usually recommended to complete restoration of the tooth to a normal and healthy state. With our state of the art technology root canals can be completed in the comfort of our office without the need to be referred to an endodontist.