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Endodontic Therapy

Treatment Procedure:

Your tooth will be examined and an x-ray taken to diagnose your problem and to decide upon the proper treatment. We will discuss the cause of your problem, the prognosis, the treatment sequence, and any needed follow-up.

If necessary, a local anesthetic will be given. Your tooth will then be isolated to keep it clean and dry during treatment. Access into the root canal will be made through a small opening in the crown of your tooth. The root canal(s) will be debrided (cleaned) and shaped before being filled. A biologivally compatible material called gutta percha will be used to fill the canals. In rare situationswhere conventional root canal therapy is not possible, your tooth may require surgery. If necessary, this will be discussed in greater detail.

Common Questions:

What are the alternatives to endodontic treatment?

Extraction is the only alternative. Replacing a missing tooth with an artificial one requires more costly dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth. If the tooth is not replaced, adjacent teeth may drift. Drifting can lead to bone loss, periodontal disease or T.M.J. dysfunction.

What caused the problem with my tooth?

Common causes of pulpal damage are decay, fractures, traumatic injury, repeated fillings, and occasionally periodontal disease.

Will my root be removed

The tooth pulp or dental nerve in the root canal system will be removed, not your root. The root will remain intact to support the tooth.

Does endodontic treatment hurt?

With the use of modern anesthetics, root canal therapy involves little or no discomfort during treatment. There is often pain before treatment and endodontic therapy provides relief.

Will there be pain after the procedure?

Manipulating a tooth causes inflammation. Itis common to experience soreness in the area and sensitivity to pressure for several days following treatment. Pain medication will be prescribed if necessary.

What are the benefits of endodontic treatment?

Endodontic therapy saves teeth that would otherwise be extracted. There is no real substitute for your own tooth!

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