What is a root canal?
A root canal can save your tooth. Superficial decay of tooth enamel causes cavities. Left long enough, this decay burrows into the deeper reaches of the tooth and causes extensive damage to the tooth structure.
When the damage goes beyond what we can treat with a filling, a root canal, or endodontics, preserves the tooth and retains its original integrity. Without a root canal, tooth extraction may be necessary. Early treatment can save the tooth and prevent further damage.
During root canals, we extract decayed pulp from the center of the tooth to reshape the canal and replace it with a strengthening filler. In the past, we would have had to extract the tooth. Thankfully, now we can save it with a root canal.
What can you expect during the process?
- First, we administer anesthesia and insert a dental dam to isolate the tooth.
- We open the tooth to remove infected or dead dental pulp and clean the tooth, including cracks and canals.
- Using special tools, we reshape the canals and refill the tooth with cutting-edge biocompatible filling material.
- We insert a temporary layer to cover the access opening.
- We restore the tooth with a crown, and it can be done in a single visit. Ask us how?