Root Canal Treatment
Dentists today believe that the best teeth are your own, and they make sure you do not lose any of them. Successful root canal treatment lets you keep your tooth. The only other option is to have your tooth removed.
Keeping your tooth helps to prevent your other teeth from drifting out of line and causing jaw problems or gum disease. Saving a natural tooth avoids having to replace it with either a bridge or an implant.
How it is done:
A member of the dental team will place a rubber dam around the tooth. This dam protects the tooth from germs in your saliva while the work is being done.
Your dentist or endodontist may give you "freezing" (or anesthetic). In some cases, anesthetic is not needed.
Your dentist or endodontist will make a small opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp.
Your dentist will take out the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system with very fine dental tools (or instruments).
Then he or she will fill and seal the root canal with a rubber-like material (called guttapercha) after it has been cleaned.
Your dentist or endodontist will seal the opening of the tooth with either a temporary or permanent filling.