Root Canal Treatment
Our dentist are trained to diagnose and treat problems located inside of the tooth with special endodontic equipment. they focus solely on endodontic procedures. Endodontics, or Root Canal, is the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, which are important in tooth development.
The Root Canal procedure usually requires one to two visits, depending on the number of teeth and severity affected. However, this does not include follow up visits which are often necessary.
The dentist will examine the tooth and x-rays before numbing the area around the affected tooth. A small protective sheet called a "dental dam,” is placed over the area. This will isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva throughout the procedure.
They will then drill through to the pulp area, either through the top or the back of the tooth. Very small instruments and an antiseptic solution will be used to clean the pulp and root canals and a space is shaped for a filling.
When the space has been cleaned and shaped, the dentist will fill the root canal with a biocompatible material. This is usually a flexible plastic material called "gutta-percha” ensuring that the root canals are completely sealed. Normally, a temporary filling will be inserted to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
After your final visit to your dentist, you must return to your dentist for the restoration work. If there is no sign of any infection a crown or permanent filling will be inserted within a month of the root canal procedure.
If the tooth is too weak to hold the restoration in place, your dentist may place a post inside the tooth. Ask your dentist for more details about the specific restoration planned for your tooth.