Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment used to restore teeth that are infected in the dental pulp or tooth nerve. Infection in the dental pulp and nerve can lead to the need for tooth extraction; root canal therapy avoids the need for tooth extraction and prevents the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected dental pulp and tooth nerve, filling in the tooth, and sealing the tooth. Your experienced dentists, Dr. Findlay and Dr. Baldassari-Cruz, may recommend a dental crown to effectively seal and protect the tooth following root canal therapy. Our caring dental team will ensure that your root canal procedure is painless and comfortable. Dr. Baldassari-Cruz is an endodontist (a dentist who focuses on the study and treatment of the dental pulp and nerve), so you can be certain that you will receive only the best of care at our dental practice. In most cases, root canal therapy can be completed in just two visits to our San Francisco, California dental office. If you are experiencing any type of tooth pain or abnormal tooth sensitivity, we encourage you to contact us at Findlay Dental Arts to schedule your individual consultation. We are eager to care for your smile!