Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)
Once upon a time, if you had decayed tooth, you’d probably lose that tooth, regardless. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal therapy, your tooth can be saved.
These are the steps in Root Canal Treatment :
- An opening is made at the top of the tooth. Using this opening, the damaged pulp tissue is removed from the pulp chamber and root canals.
- The canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.Sometimes medication is placed in the canals and the opening is closed with a temporary filling until the next appointment.
- After the canals are flushed clean and dried, they are sealed with an inert material. The opening in the tooth is also sealed with a permanent filling usually called the core. If the tooth is too badly damage, a post is also inserted to support the core.
- In order to better protect the tooth after Root Canal Treatment is completed, a Crown should be placed on the tooth.
Most of the time, this treatment is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!