Root canal treatment is designed to relieve pain and save the inflamed or infected tooth.View more case photos
Dr. Hill and Dr. Chumbley perform most of their own root canal therapy. We do refer patients to a specialist for some complex procedures and most retreatment cases.
When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, root canal treatment is necessary. There are many causes for the inflammation or infection: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Left untreated, the inflammation or infection can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During the procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. A crown or filling is then added for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.