If a tooth’s pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels becomes infected or damaged because of decay or injury, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth and repair the damage. Endodontic treatment cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage.
Root canal treatment is simply the removal of diseased or non-viable nerve and blood supply tissue from inside the tooth and roots.
- An opening is made from the top of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- The canal openings is/are identified.
- The canal(s) is/are shaped with progressively thicker files to remove diseased tissue. These files are smaller than a typical needle.
- X-rays are taken to be sure we have reached the end of the canal(s).
- The canal(s) are then shaped to allow access for filling material to seal the end of the tooth.
- The canal(s) are sealed with Gutta Percha (a thermoplastic material) and a cement.
- The tooth is built up for a crown or the opening is temporarily sealed. A crown will eventually be needed.