Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Blow to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, re-shapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal, or endodontics, preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
- The patient undergoes anesthesia.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor re-shapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with cutting edge filling material.
- A temporary covering is often used to cover the access opening.
- The patient MUST see their dentist soon after the root canal treatment is completed for a permanent restoration of the tooth.
In some cases of root canal therapy, our office may refer you to an endodontic professional.