Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don’t remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it.
After Dr. Walker removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then Dr. Walker places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.
In advanced cases, Dr. Walker will need to send you to an endodontist (a root canal specialist) to have your root canal performed. We have a wonderful referral network in Wilmington and will make sure you are treated just as well there as you are in our office!
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!