Endodontic Treatment

Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment.

During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.

Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

This specialized dental treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental care.

Most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.

From: http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/root-canals.aspx