ENDODONTIC “ROOT CANAL” TREATMENT
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Endodontic or Root Canal Treatment treats the inside of the tooth.
Saving your natural teeth is the very best option, if possible. Your natural teeth allow you to eat a wide variety of foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition. The root canal procedure is the treatment of choice.
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These alternatives not only are more expensive than a root canal procedure but require more treatment time and additional procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
Why would I need an endodontic procedure?
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an absces.
How does it work?
The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray.
Procedure will be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth.
Next, an access hole is drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it needs to be sealed. To fill the interior of the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha is placed into the tooth’s root canal.
The final step involves further restoration of the tooth. A crown, build-up and post should be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking and restore it to fully function.
Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. Occasionally, this non-surgical procedure will not be sufficient to heal the tooth and your endodontist will recommend surgery. Endodontic surgery can be used to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays but still manifest pain in the tooth. Damaged root surfaces or the surrounding bone may also be treated with this procedure. The most common surgery used to save damaged teeth is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. An incision is made in the gum tissue to expose the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. The damaged tissue is removed along with the end of the root tip. A root-end filling is placed to prevent reinfection of the root and the gum is sutured. The bone naturally heals around the root over a period of months restoring full function.
Following the procedure, there may be some discomfort or slight swelling while the incision heals. This is normal for any surgical procedure. To alleviate any discomfort, an appropriate pain medication will be recommended. If you have pain that does not respond to medication, please call our office.