the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or abscessed,
Root Canal Therapy is the only way to save the tooth. A tooth can
become abscessed as a result of deep decay,
a cracked tooth, or trauma
to the tooth. The only alternative to Root Canal Therapy is an Extraction.
During Root Canal Therapy, the tooth is "numbed" (just like
having a filling). Then the unhealthy nerve
is removed and medication is placed in the tooth to treat the bacterial
abscess (infection). After the infection is removed and treated, a filling
is placed in the roots where the unhealthy nerve was.
A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy is more brittle and must
be crowned to give the tooth sufficient strength.
The tooth is cared for in the same way as other natural teeth. Brush and
floss daily, and visit your dentist for regular preventative dental check-ups.
High-Tech Root Canal Therapy
||The way root canal therapy is performed today is vastly
different than those done a few years ago, not to mention a decade
ago. The potential level for quality care has dramatically increased.
It is a thing of the past to do root canals in five to six appointments,
or by "touch or feel" because we could not see. Root canals
can be done painlessly, faster, and more accurately due to the new
Non-surgical Root Canal Therapy
Canal Therapy is a dental procedure, performed with local anesthetic,
which involves the removal of the nerve inside of the tooth because it
has become irreversibly damaged or infected. This is usually due to the
entry of bacteria into the centermost part of the tooth called the dental
pulp (nerve). ROOT CANAL is a commonly used term for endodontic
therapy or root canal therapy. This procedure involves the removal of
the entire nerve system, as well as cleaning, shaping and 3-dimensional
filling of the canal system with gutta percha and a dental sealer. The
procedure enables you to keep your natural tooth, which is preferable
to any type of replacement.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
After the tooth is "numbed", a small opening is made
into the pulp chamber. The canals are located and measured, so they
can be cleansed and shaped.
The canals are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha
and the opening is sealed with sterile cotton pellets and a temporary
The tooth is typically restored within a couple of weeks. A crown
is placed over the treated tooth in order to protect it, and if
the tooth lacks sufficient tooth structure to hold the core build-up,
a post may be placed inside. Any areas of infection around the roots
will begin to heal.
The number of visits necessary to complete a root canal will vary depending
upon the degree of infection, the number of canals in the tooth, if the
canals are calcified, the anatomy of your tooth, and the complexity of
the procedure. We always strive to achieve the best possible result; therefore,
your treatment may take one visit, or it may take more.
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