Root canals can help save your natural teeth. This specialized therapy treats the disease of the dental pulp, or center of the tooth, offering a great deal of pain relief.
What does root canal therapy involve?
On the day of your treatment, your doctor will administer the appropriate anesthesia to ensure that you feel entirely comfortable throughout the procedure. During the procedure, a small rubber shield is placed on the tooth to keep it clean and dry.
The dental pulp is accessed through the crown of the tooth, and the tooth is disinfected under high magnification using a combination of solutions and small instruments to remove the bacteria and debris. Once clear, the shaped canals are filled with permanent root canal filling material and the crown is filled with a temporary filling.
After endodontic treatment is completed, a record of your treatment will be sent to your restorative dentist. Your restorative dentist will decide on which type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth and restore functionality.
With proper care and maintenance, root-canal-treated teeth can last as long as other natural teeth.
*Dr. Van offers patients a variety of choices when it comes to anesthesia and sedative options during treatment. Note that we do offer conscious sedation.