Root Canal Therapy
The goal of root canal therapy is to save your natural teeth. Bacteria can infiltrate the pulp through decay, fractures or trauma. A root canal removes the diseased tissue and replaces it with an insert filling material. We complete over 90% of root canals in one appointment. Most procedures take about one hour.
A digital radiograph is taken of the involved area. A complete examination is made and if treatment is recommended the doctor will explain all options and fees before any treatment is initiated.
A local anesthetic is given. A rubber dam is used to isolate the involved tooth and help keep the area free of saliva during the procedure.
A small opening is made through the chewing surface of the tooth to gain access to the pulp. We use small stainless steel and nickel titanium instruments to clean and shape the small canals and remove the inflamed nerve tissue. Once we have cleaned and disinfected the canals a root canal filling is placed to seal the canals. Gutta Percha is used to fill the spaces along with a small amount of cement. Utilizing heat and pressure this material is packed into the canal spaces to prevent bacteria from re-entering. A temporary filling is then placed to close the opening in the tooth.
After the root canal is completed we will refer you back to your restorative dentist who will then restore the tooth as deemed necessary.