Doctor Bill Ligon on root canals
A root canal therapy is indicated when you either have a fracture that has exposed part of the nerve or you have decay into the nerve part of the tooth. Root canal is mainly just removing the nerve tissue from the tooth, putting a filler material down through the root. It allows you to be able to keep your tooth even though it was decayed into the nerve. The tooth’s not alive anymore, but typically root canals, as far as this office is concerned, are probably 95 percent successful in long term being able to keep your tooth. Even though it’s not live and doesn’t have nerve and blood supply, you’re still able to keep your tooth and have it function pretty much as normal.