Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is needed when the pulp (the tissue inside the root canal) becomes inflamed or infected. This is usually caused by deep decay, cracks or fractures that involve the dental pulp. If left untreated the inflammation and the infection will result in pain or lead to an abscess.

The endodontist will first examine the tooth by doing the necessary tests and taking a digital x-ray to determine the diagnosis needed to properly treat the tooth.

After diagnosis the endodontist will discuss the situation with the patient and start by giving a local anesthetic, then placing a rubber dam over the tooth to isolate it from the surrounding environment.

After making a very small opening into the crown of the tooth the nerve will be removed, the space will be thoroughly cleaned, shaped and filled with a biocompatable material known as "gutta-percha". Then a temporary filling is placed in the tooth. This will later be removed by the dentist that is permanently restoring the tooth.

After proper restoration is completed most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth.