Root CanalAn Overview
When tooth decay is left untreated it can spread to the pulp of the tooth. When infected, the inner tooth pulp becomes inflamed and causes painful toothaches. Patients with an infected tooth root often seek treatment to relieve the discomfort and restore their oral health.
A root canal is a common dental procedure used to remove decayed tooth pulp and to restore the health and stability of the tooth structure. Root canals can often save the infected tooth preventing the need for a tooth extraction. The root canal procedure is designed to remove the least amount of tooth structure possible. The goal is to preserve the natural tooth helping to promote long-term stability of the bite. If the issue is too severe, we may recommend replacing the entire tooth with a dental implant to preserve aesthetics and oral health.
Root Canal What to Expect
The root canal procedure is a standard dental treatment that can help preserve your natural smile. Patients will be made comfortable using a local anesthetic. Once numb, the root canal procedure will begin.
Dr. Cheung will drill a small hole in the backside of the infected tooth. Through the hole, a special tool will be inserted into the tooth and used to remove all of the diseased pulp tissue.
The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the guttab percha, a high quality material that is used to replace the missing pulp. Once filled, the tooth is sealed with a cosmetic dental filling.
Most patients will receive a dental crown after a root canal. The dental crown is like a cap that fits over the treated tooth and is permanently bonded into place. The dental crown secures the tooth and prevents further damage or decay. A dental crown is made from high quality dental ceramic that will be custom designed to blend in with your natural smile.