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Endodontics

Occasionally the nerve or pulp within the tooth can become infected, forming an abscess. In order to preserve the tooth it is necessary to remove infected tissue, disinfect the canal and fill the canal with a plastic filling material so that the infection does not recur.

 

Deep Infection

Root canal treatment is needed when the tooth’s root becomes infected or inflamed through injury or advanced decay.

 

Route to the Root

The tooth is anesthetized. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber.

 

Removing the Infected/Inflamed tissue

Special files are used to clean the infection and unhealthy pulp out of the canals. Irrigation is used to help clean the canals.

 

Filling the Canals

The canals are filled with a permanent material that helps to keep the canals free of infection or contamination

 

Rebuilding the Tooth

A temporary filling material is placed over the opening until the tooth is restored. A crown is generally recommended as the ‘dead’ tooth will become brittle over time.

 

Extra Support

In some cases, a post is placed in the canal space to give the crown extra support.

       
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