Root Canal Therapy
The inside of each tooth is filled with "pulp," which carries the tooth's blood supply and nerves. If bacteria gain access to the pulp through a fracture or deep cavity, the pulp may become infected, leading to pain and risk of tooth loss.
In a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected pulp and replace it with a thermoplastic filling. The tooth is then restored to reinforce the tooth against future fractures and enhance the tooth's appearance. Root canals have an extremely high success rate in saving teeth that would otherwise be lost to infection.
Dr. Laurie does many of her own root canals. In the event that she feels your case is too complex, she will refer you to an endodontist.