Root Canal Therapy
If you have had a tooth ache, you may need a root canal therapy. This procedure is performed over 2-3 visits and removes the nerves from the tooth and seals it to prevent infection.
If the root canal is done on a back tooth, the tooth will also require a crown. This will be explained further by your dentist.
We use the latest technology in rotary endodontist to ensure best results. Files are single use and all equipment is sterile and tracked for safety.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL
- Spontaneous pain even when you’re not eating or drinking
- Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
- Toothache that worsens when pressure is applied or when eating
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
- Recurring swelling of the gums
- Tenderness in the gums
- Extreme sensitivity to cold or heat
1. Using a needle, the dentist administers local anesthesia to numb the tooth. It's common to feel a bit of a pinch in the area when the needle goes in. After the tooth is numb, the dentist might place a dental dam, a small sheet of rubber that isolates the tooth to keep it clean and dry during the procedure.
2. Your dentist will then use very small tools, such as a small drill, to access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening in the top portion of the tooth. Next, the dentist will use small files to clear away the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth. He or she will also use the files to shape the inner chamber of the tooth and root and might irrigate the chamber with water to wash away any remaining pulp. Your dentist might also put an antimicrobial solution in the chamber to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk for further infection.
3. Once the chamber is thoroughly cleaned and dried, the dentist will fill it. Your dentist will close the opening in your tooth with a temporary filling, while you wait for the permanent crown.
4. After a few weeks, your dentist will finish the treatment by placing a permanent crown or a similar type of restoration on the top of the tooth. Depending on the condition of your natural tooth, the dentist may need to place a small supporting post inside of the root chamber, to make the crown or restoration more stable.