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Root Canals

Decay, cracks, and gum disease can affect more than just your tooth’s exterior. Bacteria can enter the inside of the tooth, creating a painful infection. Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes the bacteria from the tooth’s interior chambers and restores it to a healthy state.

Root canals are actually quite common procedures with millions performed every year. It’s a simple yet effective treatment that can save your natural tooth and prevent the need for more invasive procedures, such as dental implants. Our office specializes in root canals and we utilize high-tech instruments, as well as the latest comfort measures, to ensure you have a positive, successful experience. In most cases, a root canal can be performed in a single visit.

THE ROOT CANAL PROCESS

At your consultation, we’ll explain the details of your treatment. The process may vary depending on your unique case, but in general, we follow these steps:

  • The tooth and surrounding tissues are numbed using the latest anesthetics for optimal patient comfort
  • A dental dam is placed to isolate the affected area
  • The endodontist creates a small opening in the tooth’s crown to gain access to the pulp
  • The bacteria is cleaned out and the canal chambers are reshaped using special instruments
  • Medication and a man made substance (gutta-percha) are placed inside the canals to prevent re-infection
  • The opening is closed with a temporary filling material prior to the final restoration (filling, inlay, onlay, or crown) placed by your general dentist

WHAT IS NON-SURGICAL ROOT CANAL THERAPY?

When possible, we try the most conservative, non-surgical methods.  In some cases a non-surgical method may help preserve your tooth.  To preserve your tooth, the doctor must remove the diseased pulp tissue in a procedure known as non-surgical root canal therapy. During non-surgical root canal therapy, we will clean out the canal, disinfect the space, and completely seal the area to stop more bacteria from entering the canal.

After the non-surgical root canal treatment in our practice, your general dentist will restore the tooth with a tooth-colored filling, onlay, or crown depending on the tooth’s position, color, and level of restoration needed. Since non-surgical root canal therapy only removes the pulp from the root canal, the tooth can continue to function normally if you follow through with restorative treatment from your general dentist.

WILL A ROOT CANAL SAVE MY TOOTH?

Teeth treated with root canal therapy will often last a patient for a lifetime. While root canal therapy has a 96% success rate overall, your continued oral health care will play a large role in your tooth’s future health. Every case is different, and we take the time to discuss our findings at your initial consultation making sure you understand your options. Educating our patients plays an important role in our practice. We believe an informed patient is better able to make decisions about their treatment.

AREN’T ROOT CANALS EXPENSIVE?

Actually, root canal therapy is a less expensive option than extraction and tooth replacement. In addition, keeping your natural teeth is always best for esthetics and function.

 

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