Commonly called a root canal, root canal treatment is an endodontic therapy often recommended if the tooth pulp and nerves become infected or damaged. Root canals may occur if injury or decay reaches deep into the tooth, past the outer enamel layer. When left untreated, this infection and disease may cause the tooth to die and necessitate tooth extraction. To restore a tooth’s health and avoid extraction, our skilled dentist will remove the infected and injured tissues from within the tooth, clean it, and fill it with a medicated material. We will then cap the tooth with a restoration, such as a dental crown, to return it to its original shape and structure. A root canal can be completed in only one or two comfortable visits to our office in most cases.