The level of quality care involving root canal therapy 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 canal treatment can be done without discomfort, faster, and more accurately due to the new technology available.
Root Canals Therapy, which is performed with local anesthetic, involves the removal of the bacteria from the center most part of the tooth called the dental pulp (nerve). This procedure involves the removal of the entire nerve system, as well as cleaning, shaping of the root canal space. The procedure enables you to keep your natural tooth, which is preferable to any type of replacement. Following root canal therapy, you may safely and reliably have your tooth fully restored with a crown.
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 cleaned and shaped using a series of hand files and engine-driven instruments.
- The canals are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and the opening is sealed temporarily, or proceed directly to step three.
- Upon completion of you root canal, your dentist will restore your tooth. Most often, a crown is made to protect the tooth, and if the tooth lacks sufficient tooth structure to hold the core build-up, a post may be placed inside.
Endodontic Re-treatment may be necessary if the root canal becomes reinfected. This is usually due to decay or untreated canal areas (missed accessory canals or insufficient fill of canals). The patient may experience swelling or discomfort in chewing. Sometimes a patient may not be experiencing any symptoms, but an x-ray shows that there is a problem with a previously done root canal.
What Happens During Root Canal Re-treatment?
- After the tooth is “numbed”, the canal system will be reopened to remove the previous root canal material. The canals are then thoroughly cleaned and shaped along their entire length.
- The canals are refilled with gutta-percha and the opening is sealed with a temporary filling. The tooth will need to be restored. If your existing crown can be saved, then you will need to have it repaired. If you do not have a crown, it will be recommended. Over a period of months, the bone will heal around the end of the root.