Root Canals

Endodontics, or root canal therapy, is employed when the nerve supply to a tooth has been irreversibly affected by damage or decay. It is a way to prevent or help resolve a dental infection and save a natural tooth from extraction. A root canal is performed when there is enough sound root and crown structure remaining to eventually restore form and function to the involved tooth.

Inside every tooth is either a single central chamber or multiple ones that contain connective tissue, a nerve supply, and blood vessels. These core tissues, known as the dental pulp, help your tooth to grow and mature before it emerges into the mouth. This procedure is required when this dental pulp is irreversibly damaged or has died.

Root canal therapy involves cleaning and shaping each canal, and then filling them with a special inert material. Following this they are sealed to prevent any subsequent infection. Once root canal therapy has been completed, the tooth should be fully restored as recommended.

Root Canal

Sometimes teeth that have had root canal therapy do not heal properly, which can lead to pain and reinfection of the affected tooth. A root canal retreatment procedure can be done to remove the infection and save the tooth.

root canal

Initial root canal treatment may not fully heal due to several causes, which may include tooth decay or trauma, where bacteria is allowed to seep back into the root canal and reinfect the tooth.

Once the restorative material is removed, the canals are thoroughly cleaned and examined for any additional or misshaped canals that may require treatment.

During a root canal retreatment procedure, your doctor first removes any existing restorative materials in order to regain access to the root canal.

Next, the root is refilled with a special sealing material, and the opening at the top of the tooth is also refilled and sealed.

Once the retreatment is complete and the infection removed, your doctor will design and place a new crown over the tooth, restoring it to proper form and function.