Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is a specialized area of dentistry in which infection and inflammation are removed from the roots of a tooth. These symptoms occur due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. By choosing endodontic treatment you are choosing to keep your natural teeth as a healthy foundation for chewing the foods you love to eat for years to come.
The treatment involves removing the pulp and the nerves of the tooth and cleaning the infected area. The pulp is important during a tooth’s growth and development, however once a tooth is fully mature the tooth can survive without the pulp. If the treatment is not performed, infection builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.
Signs of Someone needing a Root Canal
After the dentist completely numbs the area where the root canal is to be completed, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the top of the tooth. Once the pulp is completely removed, the root canals are thoroughly cleaned. After cleaning the canals, a biocompatible material known as gutta percha is placed in the canals, sealing out bacteria. If our dentists decide to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, our dentists will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.