Sometimes a patient develops an issue with the deep supportive structure of a tooth – the portion of the tooth that contains the nerve as well as the “pulp.” In order to save the tooth, a root canal may be prescribed. A root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp from within the tooth. Then the tooth is filled with an inert material to maintain its structural integrity. Finally, a lifelike porcelain crown is fitted over you natural tooth structure to recomplete your smile. Due to advances in dentistry, root canals are more comfortable than ever before, so if you find you need a root canal treatment, don’t fret. Dr. Whittle’s gentle touch will make all the difference.