Due to outdated stereotypes, many patients still cringe when they hear the words ‘root canal’. However with new treatment techniques and rotary instrumentation equipment, the doctors at Valley View Dental are able to perform root canals without pain to patients and is faster and more reliable than root canals of the past. Many times when the nerve of a tooth has died, the choice comes down to either saving the tooth with a root canal or extracting the tooth. Each case is different and we can discuss the pros and cons of each case. After a root canal, a tooth becomes brittle and almost all teeth will need a crown after a root canal in order to stay strong.
A root canal will get you out of pain, but a crown on the tooth after the root canal will keep it from breaking down. We do most root canals in our office, but occasionally some will need to be sent to a specialist.