Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime.
Even if one of your teeth should become seriously injured or diseased, most of the time it can be saved through a specialized dental procedure known as endodontic treatment. Although, this technique, popularly called root canal therapy, has been around for several decades, recent advances in the field of endodontics have made root canal therapy almost a routine procedure.
Treatment usually only requires one appointment for the root canal itself. If it is a posterior tooth, it will require a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from fracture. The procedure starts with an opening made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. A rubber dam (a sheet of rubber placed around the tooth) will then be place to isolate the tooth. The pulp is then carefully removed from both the chamber and the canal(s). The root canal(s) is cleaned, enlarged, and shaped to a form that can be properly filled. The filling material is then placed into the entire length of the canal(s) and sealed with a filling.
On rare occasions, the canal may be very curved or calcified making it difficult to shape and fill them. In these instances, we may refer you to an endodontist (a dentist who specializes in root canals.) He will accomplish the treatment and return you to our office for any further treatment needed.