Root canal treatment is a common procedure to save a damaged or infected tooth. Root canal therapy in Woodmere is an advanced dental technology that aims to preserve the natural tooth by removing the infected or damaged tissues within the tooth’s pulp. It is an effective solution to prevent the spread of infection and reduce the risk of further damage to the tooth. In this article, we will look at the 5 stages involved in root canal therapy.
Diagnosis and Preparation
The first step in root canal therapy is to diagnose the extent of the damage or infection. This is done through X-rays and physical exams. The dentist will numb the affected area to minimize discomfort during the procedure. If the infection is limited to a small area, this may be the best option because it can be treated separately from the rest of the teeth. If there is too much damage to save the tooth, it will also need to be extracted.
Our Cone Beam x-ray allows for 3D visualization of the problem. Once the dentist has identified the problems with the tooth, they will proceed to prepare for the procedure.
Accessing the Pulp Chamber
The dentist will create a small opening in the tooth’s crown to access the pulp chamber and root canals. The dentist may also need to remove some layers of tissue to get closer to the root canal system.
Cleaning and Shaping
The dentist will remove the infected or damaged tissues, clean the canals and shape them to receive the filling material. It is important that the dentist only removes diseased or damaged tissue and not healthy tissue.
Filling and Sealing
The canals are filled with a rubber-like material to prevent re-infection. A temporary filling is placed, and the tooth is sealed to protect it until a permanent crown can be placed. The dentist will remove any remaining infected or damaged tissues. To restore the tooth to health, the dentist will fill it with a special material that is bio-compatible.
In some cases, apicoectomy surgery may be required if the root canal therapy does not successfully eliminate the infection. The apicoectomy is a minor surgical procedure to remove the infected tissue at the tip of the root. Since teeth do not have an outer layer of skin, the infection can continue to spread from the tip if it is left untreated.
Long Island Endodontics offers root canal therapy in Woodmere, NY, and surrounding areas using producers that help to save a damaged or infected tooth. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, it is important to seek the help of a dental professional who can advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation. We offer the best options for symptomatic relief and root canal treatment in Woodmere. Contact Long Island Endodontics today to schedule an appointment.