William D. Bateman, DMD, LLC

Family, Restorative and Implant Dentistry

Root Canal Therapy

Dental Work

What is a root canal?

Do you have a tooth that is giving you pain or prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold? Has your tooth become discolored or are the nearby gums swelling or tender? Do you have spontaneous pain? If so, chances are you have an infection and may need a root canal.

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, Dr. Bateman will clean out the infected pulp tissue and fill the canals to eliminate infection.

A tooth is made up of three main structures:

  • The hard outer covering of ENAMEL
  • The underlying layer of DENTIN
  • A soft tissue called the PULP that includes the blood supply and the nerve of the tooth, which is housed in the hollow root canal space.
Tooth Anatomy