Endodontics and root canals
Problems like decay disease or injury can threaten teeth and ruin smiles. Thanks to advances in treatment and technology, many teeth can be saved.
How a root canal treatment works?
One way a tooth can be saved is with a procedure called root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment.
Endodontics is a specialized area of Dentistry focused on treating disease or injury to the dental pulp and dough. Our dental specialists with advanced training in root canal treatment are experts in saving your natural teeth. Using state-of-the-art technologies like microscopes and digital imaging, they can treat you quickly and comfortably.
Let us take a step by step look at a modern root canal procedure. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel is a hard tissue called dentin. Inside the dentin is a soft tissue called pulp. The pulp contains the tooths nerves and blood vessels; it extends from the crown of the tooth into the roots of your teeth. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, your endodontist will remove it relieving your pain or discomfort.
First, your endodontist will numb the tooth so that you won’t feel anything during the procedure. A small shield isolates the tooth keeping it dry and clean. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth. Into the pulp chamber, fluid is put in the canals to kill any bacteria.
Then the pulp is removed using small instruments. The endodontist carefully cleans and shapes the canals. After space is cleaned and shaped, the endodontist fills and seals the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening until you see your dentist. After your endodontist is finished, you must return to your dentist to have your tooth adequately restored with a filling or crown that protects the tooth. A tooth that has had root canal treatment lasts a lifetime, so you keep smiling with confidence.
Dental implants are ideal for replacing lost teeth, but it is essential to know about the alternatives. These may include fixed bridges or removable full and partial dentures.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Bridges are fixed to be cemented on the supporting teeth or fixed on an implant that has been placed next to the missing teeth.