Root canals are a wonderful, modern way to save teeth that have been damaged by fractures or tooth decay. Our ancestors would have been so happy to know about root canals! Each tooth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp that provides the tooth with nutrients. This pulp extends down into the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, however, the nerve’s of the tooth die and often, if a root canal is not performed, the tooth will have to be removed. During a root canal (which is performed using modern anesthetic techniques so there is no discomfort) a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and the pulp chamber, the diseased pulp is removed and the area is reshaped. The tooth is then sealed with a permanent crown made of gold, porcelain, or zirconium. We can Save your Tooth!