Creating Beautiful Smiles
Whenever possible, Northeastern Dental tries to save your natural teeth after they have been damaged by decay or trauma.
Endodontic treatment (root canal therapy) removes inner tooth structures, such as damaged nerves, and seals the resulting gap with a crown that keeps the tooth healthy and functional.
Inflammation and tenderness in the gums
Teeth that are sensitive to hot and cold foods
Tenderness when chewing and biting
Unexplained pain in the nearby lymph nodes
A complete root canal can take anywhere between one and three visits, and begins with complete X-rays of your teeth. The X-rays will be examined before the treatment begins.
Initially, a local anesthetic will be administered, and an opening will be created in the surface of your tooth. The interior pulp will be completely removed using small handheld instruments, and the space will now be shaped, cleaned and filled with gutta-percha, a biocompatible material similar to rubber.
Dental cement will be applied on top of your tooth to ensure that the root canals are completely sealed off. Usually, a temporary filling will be placed to restore functionality to your tooth prior to the permanent restoration procedure.
During your final visit, a permanent restoration or crown will be placed.
The interior of your tooth can be damaged by a variety of causes, but bacterial infections and abscesses due to decay or injury are the most common problem.
Other causes are tooth chips and fractures, and blows to the mouth that loosen or dislodge your teeth.
Gentle dentistry is our focus at Northeastern Dental!
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