Root canal treatment and complementary interventions
Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are not immune to tooth decay. Moreover, since they are no longer alive, these teeth are more fragile to fracture. For this reason, your dentist may recommend that you have a crown installed to protect the tooth. A tooth treated in this way can last a lifetime, if it is properly cared for.
Trauma, deep tooth decay or a crack can affect the living part of the tooth without necessarily causing pain. The innermost space of the tooth, called the dental pulp, contains the blood vessels and nerves that give the tooth its vitality. If the pulp is affected, damaged, irritated or infected, root canal therapy may be the solution needed to keep your tooth.
The following videos illustrate how root canal treatments and additional procedures are performed.
A pulpotomy is performed on a primary tooth, in children, when the pulp of the tooth is affected.
Root canal treatment
This video explains the reasons for having a root canal and the main steps of the procedure.
When root canal therapy has failed to clear all infection, an apectomy may be a solution.
A crown may be indicated after root canal treatment.