Although endodontists treat a range of problems related to dental trauma, the most widely known of all endodontic treatments is root canal therapy. This may in part be due to the fear and misconception many patients have about it, despite the fact that it is actually quite a routine and common procedure. The successful outcome of root canal treatment is the ability to save an infected tooth, preventing the need for it to be removed or replaced by an implant.
When is Root Canal Therapy Required?
What commonly happens is that as a result of trauma caused by any number of reasons such as chipping, cracking, or decay, a tooth can become inflamed or infected inside, which is painful and if left untreated will continue to cause further dental health complications. In order to clear up the infection, an endodontist needs to access the inside of the tooth and remove the infected tissue.
What is Done During the Endodontic Procedure?
Here is a breakdown of the steps we use in our Toronto endodontics practice to treat an infected tooth:
The endodontist starts by examining and then taking x-rays of the tooth to get a clear understanding of the extent and location of the infection.
Then a local anesthetic is gently administered until the tooth is completely numb, ensuring the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure.
The endodontist covers the area with a material called a dental dam, which isolates the tooth and keeps it clean during the process.
The endodontist then makes an opening in the top of the tooth called the crown, and uses precise instruments to clean out the infected tissue called the pulp. That tissue is important during a tooth’s growth, but after it is fully mature the tooth will survive without the pulp, as it receives continued nourishment from the tissues surrounding it.
After the area is cleaned, the endodontist fills the pulp chamber and root canals where the pulp was removed with a biocompatible material. This rubber-like material is placed with a cement adhesive to make certain that the root canals are thoroughly sealed.
A filling is often temporarily used to close the opening made on the top of the tooth, which will later be removed when the tooth is restored, either with a crown or other restoration method that will be put on the tooth for protection and to return it to it’s routine function. In some cases when the tooth may not have enough strength to support the restoration in its place, a post may be needed inside the tooth to provide additional support.
We Can Help
Our Toronto endodontic specialist at The Accolade Dental Centre is experienced in advanced endodontic techniques as well as microsurgery.
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, and walk you through the details regarding your personal endodontic needs. We understand that requiring a root canal procedure can be a source of anxiety for many people… let us put you at ease.
Give us a call for a thorough and informative consultation.