Save your natural tooth through root canal treatment
- Our doctor examines and x-rays the tooth. After confirming that endodontic therapy is necessary, he then administers a local anesthetic. After the tooth and the surrounding area is numb, he places a small protective sheet called a ‘dental dam’ over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the treatment.
- Our doctor then makes a small opening in the crown of the tooth, so as to access the damaged pulp tissue. With the help of a microscope, very small instruments are used to clean the pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape this space for filling.
- After cleaning and shaping, the doctor fills the root canals with "gutta-percha", which is a biocompatible material usually a rubber-like material to ensure complete sealing.
- After endodontic (root canal) therapy is completed, you must return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. Our doctors recommend that you call your dentist to set-up a follow-up appointment immediately.