We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that removes non-living tissue from the central chamber of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.
A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are typically similar to having a cavity filled, involving minimal if any pain.
There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:
· Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
· Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
· Tooth decay large enough to invade the central chamber of the tooth
· Chipped or broken tooth
· Blow to the tooth
· Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth trauma reaching the inner chamber of the tooth, and causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can sometimes perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and return it to function.
The root canal procedure involves the following steps:
· Local anesthetic is placed for the tooth.
· A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
· The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or non-vital dental pulp.
· The internal structure of the tooth is cleaned, including multiple canals, should they be present within the root(s).
· With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
· The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
· A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
· Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a custom permanent restoration.
· Posterior teeth that have had a root canal are recommended to be restored with a crown.
· Anterior teeth that have had a root canal, may have a crown, or resin restoration recommended.
We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care