Root Canal Therapy
If tooth structure is lost due to decay or a deep fracture, it can require us to use more extensive procedures to save the tooth. Root canal therapy is performed to remove the nerve or pulp tissue from the inside of the tooth.
Abscessed teeth are treated with root canal therapy to prevent and eliminate the infection of the affected tooth. Root canal therapy can usually be preformed on any tooth in the mouth that has pain or an obvious abscess. On rare occasion, referral to a specialist may be necessary to provide the root canal procedure.
Teeth treated with root canal therapy most often require crowns to restore the tooth to normal function. There are two reasons for this:
First we are aiming to restore the missing part of the tooth back to function.
We are helping to prevent the tooth from future fracture that would compromise its usefulness.
Recent scientific studies have found that the best results are achieved if the crown is completed within 30 days of the root canal procedure. Failure to follow through with a crown will allow micro leakage into filled root canal space.
Newly developed rotary file instruments make endodontic therapy much more comfortable than older techniques. Most patients can have root canal therapy completed in about an hour and return to work with little or no post-operative sensitivity. Irrigants are used to reduce bacterial counts as well as improve the operation of rotary instrumentation, which has streamlined the process from past standards.