A root canal allows an abscessed tooth to be saved. The only other alternative in this case is extraction, which should be the last resort. The late night comics all make jokes about root canals, but we find that more patients fall asleep during root canal therapy than during any other treatment.
During root canal treatment, the canal running down each root is filled right to the end, completely filling all the canal space inside the tooth. After that, there is no space left inside the tooth to harbor germs, allowing good bone to fill back into any abscessed areas at the root tip.
A tooth receiving a root canal should be restored with an onlay or crown to prevent future fracture of the tooth.
High-Tech Root Canal Therapy
||The way root canal therapy is performed
today is vastly different than those done a few years
ago, not to mention a decade ago. The potential level
for quality care has dramatically increased. It is a thing
of the past to do root canals in five to six appointments,
or by "touch or feel" because we could not see.
Root canals can be done painlessly, faster, and more accurately
due to the new technology available.
Non-surgical Root Canal Therapy
Canal Therapy is a dental procedure, performed with local
anesthetic, which involves the removal of the nerve inside
of the tooth because it has become irreversibly damaged or
infected. This is usually due to the entry of bacteria into
the centermost part of the tooth called the dental pulp (nerve).
ROOT CANAL is a commonly used term for endodontic therapy
or root canal therapy. This procedure involves the removal
of the entire nerve system, as well as cleaning, shaping and
3-dimensional filling of the canal system with gutta percha
and a dental sealer. The procedure enables you to keep your
natural tooth, which is preferable to any type of replacement.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
After the tooth is "numbed", a small opening
is made into the pulp chamber. The canals are located
and measured, so they can be cleansed and shaped.
The canals are filled with a rubber-like material called
gutta-percha and the opening is sealed with sterile
cotton pellets and a temporary filling.
The tooth is typically restored within a couple of
weeks. A crown is placed over the treated tooth in order
to protect it, and if the tooth lacks sufficient tooth
structure to hold the core build-up, a post may be placed
inside. Any areas of infection around the roots will
begin to heal.
The number of visits necessary to complete a root canal will
vary depending upon the degree of infection, the number of
canals in the tooth, if the canals are calcified, the anatomy
of your tooth, and the complexity of the procedure. We always
strive to achieve the best possible result; therefore, your
treatment may take one visit, or it may take more.