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Endodontics

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today root canal treatment has given dentists a safe way of saving teeth.

The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaw. The most common cause of pulp death is a deep cavity or a cracked tooth. Both of these problems can let germs (bacteria) enter the pulp which can cause an infection inside the tooth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies. When the infected pulp is not removed pain and swelling can result. Certain by—products of the infection can injure your jaw bones, forming a “pus- pocket” called an abscess. Left without treatment your tooth may have to be removed.


HOW YOUR TOOTH IS SAVED THROUGH ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

First, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The pulp is then removed.
The root canal(s) is cleaned, enlarged and shaped to a form that can be filled.
A temporary filling material will be placed on the tooth.
When the root canal treatment is carried out in more than one visit, medications may be put in the root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection.
Our digital x-ray equipment, together with the use of the high powered microscope, makes it is possible to find even the smallest canal.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

After root canal treatment the tooth is restored with a post or core material. In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth.