Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment allows you to keep your natural tooth as a healthy foundation for your masticatory system.  Root canal treatment of a tooth, in most cases, prevents the extraction of a tooth through the use of modern technologies that allow for treatment of very complex anatomical situations.  For a good lasting result, all remaining tissues and bacteria must be removed and at the conclusion of treatment, the resulting voids are sealed with a filling material.

The Procedure

After  profound local anesthesia has been administered, the tooth being treated first has a rubber dam placed over it for isolation and asepsis. Then with the use of a microscope,  the tooth is accessed.  With special instruments, infected tissue (more specifically decayed pulp and bacteria) is removed from the canal.  The canal system is repeatedly irrigated with disinfectant solution during the mechanical portion of the treatment in order to remove all microorganisms.  Once the canal is cleaned and all bacteria are removed, the filling of the canal follows.  This filling is primarily done with the material Gutta Percha and a sealing cement.  Very often, the overall treatment is carried out in two sessions.  The cleaning and disinfection of the canal system can be time consuming and in most cases should be accompanied by the use of medicaments, taken at home, over a period of several days.  During this time, the tooth is tightly.


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