General Dentistry

Root Canals

This is also referred to as Endodontics. We are able to do root canals but not all teeth are alike and may require special training and equipment to be done properly. The Doctor works closely with a highly trained endodontist to ensure you receive the best treatment available.

Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp—which provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves—that extends down to the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. During the procedure (performed under anesthesia), a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored crown.

 

Here’s how your tooth can be saved with endodontic treatment:

  • First, the tooth may be isolated with a piece of rubber dam. This confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents. An opening is made through the crown into the pulp. (Your tooth may be numbed prior to this procedure.)

  • We then carefully remove the diseased pulp. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped.

  • Then, depending on your individual case, the root canal(s) and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed. In some cases, however, we place a temporary medication in the tooth to control bacterial growth and reduce infection.

  • A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until the next visit. In some cases, however, the tooth may be left open. This allows the infection to drain.

  • At the next appointment we sterilize the inside of the tooth, to remove the bacteria. Throughout the root canal procedure we take X-rays to ensure that all the infected pulp is removed and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.

  • The root canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed.

  • Finally, the tooth is fully restored to chewing function.