Endodontics

We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp or infection from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with biocompatible filler.

A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.

There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

When the damage to a tooth goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain the integrity of the dental arch.

The root canal procedure involves the following steps:

  • The patient undergoes local anesthesia.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special instruments, the doctor shapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening
  • Following a recovery period, the patient will return for the placement of a permanent restoration.
 


 

We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.