Root Canal Therapy
root canal therapy is performed today is vastly different than those done
a few years ago, not to mention a decade ago. The potential level for
quality care 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 canals can be done without discomfort,
faster, and more accurately due to the new technology available.
Root Canal Therapy
Canal Therapy is a dental procedure, performed with local anesthetic, which
involves the removal of the nerve inside of the tooth because it has become
irreversibly damaged or infected. This is usually due to the entry of bacteria
into the centermost part of the tooth called the dental pulp (nerve). ROOT
CANAL is a commonly used term for endodontic therapy or root canal therapy.
This procedure involves the removal of the entire nerve system, as well as
cleaning, shaping and 3-dimensional filling of the canal system with gutta
percha and a dental sealer. The procedure enables you to keep your natural
tooth, which is preferable to any type of replacement. Following root canal
therapy, you then return to your dentist to have your tooth fully restored.
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 cleansed 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
with sterile cotton pellets and a temporary filling.
The tooth is restored
by your dentist within a couple of weeks. Most often, a crown is placed in
order to protect the tooth, and if the tooth lacks sufficient tooth structure
to hold the core build-up, a post may be placed inside. Any areas of infection
around the roots will begin to heal.