Endodontics or root canals are certainly not anyone’s favorite dental procedure, but they are often necessary to ensure healthy teeth and gums. Dr. Woolwine will consult with you to determine if this procedure is needed and if so, will explain how it works and what needs to be done.
Root canals have a somewhat undeserved bad reputation in popular culture. This is most likely due to the fact that a root canal most often becomes necessary after the tooth is already in a great deal of pain from infection. This infection can come from a large cavity that has reached the nerve or pulp in the center of the tooth or it can also come from the tooth being cracked or damaged. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues that reside in the middle of the tooth and extends all the way down the roots in tiny “canals.”