Beyond the hard outer enamel, the insides of our teeth are soft and comprised of nerve tissues known as dental pulp. Sometimes, an infection causes inflammation of the pulp tissue. If not treated in time, this can lead to tooth loss and nerve death.
Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic treatment), is used to repair an infection in the pulp of a tooth and save the affected tooth from extraction. Think you may need root canal treatment? Schedule an appointment with Jack Vayner, DDS today.
The procedure of a root canal begins with the administration of a local anesthetic to prevent the feeling of pain during the procedure. The infected tooth is isolated from the rest of the teeth with a dental dam. Using a dental drill, a hole is made in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected portion of the pulp is then removed, and the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Then, a dental material called gutta percha is filled inside the tooth. The outer hole created in the tooth is filled with dental filling, and the tooth is sealed. A temporary crown is placed over the tooth to prevent fracture following the root canal. At your next appointment, a permanent crown is fixed onto the tooth with a root canal to restore its full function.
Are you in severe pain due to a damaged or infected tooth? Contact Jack Vayner, DDS today to schedule an appointment with your local endodontist to see if root canal treatment is the right option for you. Our dental practice is always accepting new patients and looks forward to meeting you!
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