Root Canal Treatment
Being afraid of getting a root canal is a thing of the past! With advances in dentistry and technology, they are now easy, fast, and pain free. The endodontist on our team (root canal specialist) uses state-of-the-art technology - things like 3D imaging and fiber optics - to make sure you’re treated quckly and comfortably.
Root canals are sometimes needed when a cavity is very deep, if you are in a significant amount of discomfort, or if there is a history of trauma or a crack in the tooth. During root canal treatment a the nerve is removed, the inside of the tooth is meticulously cleaned and disinfected, and then the canals are filled with a root canal filling material. All of this done using a surgical microscope so the endodontist can view every little detail of the canal while treating your tooth.
Root Canal Retreatment
If one of your recent or old root canals develops a problem, an additional procedure may be able to save your tooth. The endodontist may be able to go into the previously treated roots and retreat them in order to attempt to save your tooth from being extracted. We have a digital 3-D x-ray machine (also known as a conebeam, or CT Scan) that can be used to identify problems that 2-D x-rays sometimes can miss.
If inflammation or an infection does not resolve in the bone around your root after a root canal or after a retreatment, an apicoectomy may be able to help retain the tooth. This is a microsurgical procedure in which the endodontist directly accesses the underlying bone around the root and removes any inflamed or infected tissue.