Root canals

Root canals are necessary when the nerve inside the tooth becomes sick, infected, or dies.    Figure 1 shows decay advancing towards the pulp.  The pulp is infected and often painful in figure 2.  The nerve and accompanying blood vessels are dead in Figure 3.  The infection can spread out into the jawbone, and cause destruction of the bone around the tip of the tooth.  The tooth is sucessfully treated at any of these stages by a root canal treatment.  Dr. Coates uses the most modern equipment to quickly treat infected teeth.  Most cases do not require a referral to a specialist.