• Endodontics

  • Root Canal Therapy

    Root canal therapy or endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits. First of all the endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth gets numb a protective sheet is put over the area to isolate saliva from the tooth during the procedure.

    Then an opening in the crown is made to clean up the pulp, from the pulp chamber and root canals, and to shape the space for filling it.

    After the space is cleaned the root canals are filled with biocompatible material. A gutta percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canal. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
    The patient will eventually have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. If the tooth lacks sufficient structure a post may be put inside for restoration.

     Endodontic Retreatment

    An endodontic treatment (root canal) can last as long as other natural teeth. In some cases, however, a tooth that has received endodontic treatment fails to heal. In occasions the tooth becomes painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Another endodontic treatment will be the key to save your tooth.

    Reasons For A Retreatment

    (1) Narrow or curved canals were not treated during the initial procedure.

    (2) Complicated canal anatomy went undetected in the first procedure.

    (3) The placement of the crown or other restoration was delayed following the endodontic treatment.

    (4) The restoration did not prevent salivary contamination to the inside tooth. Human saliva is full of bacteria, which can cause disease if it finds its way into the root canal system.