Endodontic treatment, commonly known as a root canal, is a procedure we regularly perform for patients as part of our general dental health care.
A root canal is a necessary procedure for a tooth with infection on the inside or in the pulp of the tooth. The two most common causes of infection are deep cavities and fractures, or broken teeth. This causes the pulp to be exposed to infection that can kill the pulp of the tooth. Without treatment, it can eventually gather down at the root tip and pass into the jawbone, causing an abscess. The pressure inside the bone and ligaments surrounding the tooth can cause excruciating pain, and left untreated, can even be life threatening. An infected tooth will never heal on its own and as it gets worse, it will continue to be a source of infection that depletes your immune system, which affects your entire body. Root canal therapy allows us to remove the infection and save your tooth.
A root canal procedure is required when the inner part of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes diseased or otherwise injured. This results in pain that can range from throbbing to stabbing pain. This is when patients usually require immediate treatment, which is recommended. Without care, the tooth can get infected which can lead to the need for extraction.
In a root canal procedure, we open the tooth, remove the pulp, clean the root canal and seal the area to protect it from further disease. We then replace the tooth with a crown, making the surface area stronger.
By using our CEREC technology, there is no need for a second visit to replace temporary crowns made the day of the root canal. This makes a root canal a one-visit procedure at our office.