Endodontists Focus on Saving Natural Teeth
The years of additional training help our endodontists perform root canal treatment and other procedures related to the pulp interior of the tooth. Many people wrongly assume that they will end up losing a damaged or infected tooth, but a diseased tooth can often be saved with endodontic treatment or a root canal.
Our Endodontists Explain the Root Canal Procedure
A root canal is a dental procedure to save or salvage a damaged tooth by removing the surrounding infected and damaged root nerve. The surgery involves removing the nerve and pulp to prevent further damage to the surrounding teeth and gum. Even though endodontics is often referred to as a root canal, the root itself does NOT get removed. Instead, the pulp, or soft tissue, from inside the tooth structure is removed, in order to keep your natural tooth as intact as possible.
After removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria with special dental instruments, the tooth is thoroughly cleaned. Our endodontist then seals the tooth with a temporary or permanent filling. At the next appointment, usually, about a week later, your regular dentist will complete the procedure by capping the tooth with a crown in order to restore its full function.