Root Canals (Endodontic Therapy)
When a tooth becomes infected, that infection can spread into the center of the tooth. This area is called the dental pulp. Decay, repeated dental procedures, cracks or trauma to the mouth can cause the pulp to become irritated, inflamed or infected. When this occurs, endodontic treatment is needed. If left untreated, the result can be pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling or a draining pimple on the gums.
During endodontic treatment, the damaged or infected pulp is removed. After carefully cleaning and shaping the inside of the tooth, this space is then filled and sealed. Following a root canal, your dentist will place a crown or other restoration to protect and restore it to full function.
Our doctor will perform an exam and necessary x-rays of the tooth will be taken.
An opening in the crown of the tooth is done
Very fine and small instruments are used to clean the pulp in the pulp chamber and root canals
Shaping of the inner chamber of the tooth and roots is performed
Root canals are then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
A crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
We regularly perform a root canals (endodontic therapy) in order to remove infections and save our patients' teeth. We can complete the procedure and work to keep patients comfortable. This single treatment makes it possible for millions of teeth to be saved on an annual basis and once it is completed; eating and drinking becomes easy again.