The most natural way to replace a missing tooth.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by deep decay, trauma, cracks or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.
A root canal procedure requires one or more visits and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist). While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (sheet of rubber) may be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made in the top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening to removing the pulp, nerve tissue and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
The elimination of impressions, temporaries, second appointments and waiting for the permanent restoration elevates the entire dental experience for both the dentist and the patient.
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Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be placed.
At the next appointment the roots and inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed to seal the tooth and prevent it from breaking, restoring your tooth to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth heals.
You will be given care instructions after root canal therapy. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.- Steve
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