A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, re-shapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, a dentist can perform a root canal, or an endodontic procedure, preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby saving a tooth that in the past would have to have to be pulled.
Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
Chipped or broken tooth
Trauma to the tooth
Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
The patient undergoes anesthesia
A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
With special tools, the doctor re-shapes the canals.
The tooth is filled again with cutting edge bio-compatible filling material.
A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
Patient MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.