Root canal therapy, or a “root canal,” for short, is the best way to save an infected tooth. With this endodontic treatment, you can eliminate the source of the infection, get relief from your toothache, and protect the tooth for years to come.
Root canal therapy is a procedure used to treat infected teeth. Tooth infections usually happen due to oral trauma which breaks the tooth, or advanced decay that eats through the hard outer layers of the tooth, creating a very large cavity.
This treatment involves creating an opening in an infected tooth, then using special tools to clean the inside of the tooth and eliminate the infection. When properly performed, a root canal will fully restore the tooth and protect it for 10+ years, and many root canals last a lifetime.
First, your tooth will be cleaned and the area will be numbed by the team at ONE ENDO for your comfort. You can also be sedated for your comfort.
Your endodontist will use a dental drill to trim away damaged enamel and create an opening in your tooth. Through this opening, the interior of your tooth will be cleaned.
Your dentist will extract decayed and damaged material from inside your tooth using special dental tools, and will flush and clean the interior to eliminate any remaining bacteria.
The inside of the tooth is filled with a biocompatible material that replaces the missing pulp, and then is sealed with a temporary crown or a filling. You may need to come back for another appointment for a permanent crown.
At our office, we use Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging to create 3D images of your jaw and tooth for better results. Here are some of the benefits of this process.
When root canal therapy fails, it’s often because of hidden issues with the tooth that were not visible when imaging the area. CBCT enhances precision and accuracy for better results.
CBCT imaging streamlines the process of root canal treatment, reducing the time you spend in our waiting room and in the dentist’s chair, too!
CBCT helps our dentists at ONE ENDO eliminate the infection completely in one treatment, reducing the need for endodontic re-treatment.
Without root canal therapy, infected teeth will continue to die, and will eventually require removal. Get a root canal to save your smile! If you want more information regarding our services, take a look at our frequently asked questions.