Using most effective anesthetics and specialized precision instruments Dr. Dvorkin will do everything possible to preserve your natural tooth with a root canal treatment. The purpose of root canal is to remove diseased tissue from inside of the root and to seal it at the end. While root canal treatment has a bad reputation as being painful, when done properly, it is usually very similar to having a tooth cavity filled.
The space inside a tooth is called the root canal system, the pulp. This system is filled with soft vessels supplying nerves, blood and nutrients to the tooth allowing it to grow and develop. When the pulp become infected because of deep cavity, cracks or broken off pieces of a filling, a root canal treatment is indicated. It allows you to keep the tooth rather than having it extracted. Keeping your tooth helps prevent your other teeth from drifting forward, potentially causing jaw and chewing problems as well as eliminate the need to having the tooth replaced with an artificial one.
An abscessed tooth may cause a lot of pain and swelling and, if left untreated, can lead to serious problems. Root canal treatment is usually completed within 2 appointments. During the first appointment, the pulp of the tooth is removed and the space is cleaned. A medicated dressing is placed in its place and the tooth is closed with a temporary restoration. During the final appointment, the pulp is thoroughly cleaned again and a permanent filling material is placed inside of it.
After root canal treatment, it is always recommended to have the tooth restored with a crown as chewing puts a lot of force on the teeth and the root canaled tooth may break in half. Sometimes, and especially when there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.