Root Canal. If a tooth dies or is dying, it can create a very painful problem. A root canal basically removes the problem which is typically a bacterial infection, allowing the patient to retain a tooth that would otherwise be lost. Typically, root canal success rates hover around the 90% mark as strange anatomy, unusual bacteria and various other factors can complicate the outcome. The pulp, or “nerve” of the tooth can be thought of as a river system leading to the bone, which can be thought of as the ocean. The purpose of a root canal then, would be analogous to cleaning out a river system all the way to the ocean.
Final Xray of root canal and CEREC crown on lower molar
Root Canal Procedure