A root canal may be needed if the decay has reached the tooth's nerve.
Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth's infected root, then filling and sealing the canal.
1) An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
2) The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
3) The infected area is medicated.
4) The root canals are filled.
5) The crown opening is filled with a temporary filling.
Causes of a Root Canal
A cavity that has been left untreated can become larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.
A post and crown is used when there is not enough tooth structure left for retention after your root canal procedure to support a crown, a post will be placed upon the tooth root. Dr. Utas will then make a crown buildup around the post. After that, a crown will be placed on the buildup.
If you live in the Chilliwack area and are suffering from tooth pain, call 604-792-2400 and setup an appointment to have Dr. Utas check your teeth and relieve your pain today. Don't suffer needlessly with tooth pain. Let the friendly staff at Meadowbrook Dental Laser Clinic help you smile again.
The nerves and blood vessels in the root canals of a tooth are called the pulp. When bacteria or decay affect the pulp, root canal therapy may be necessary. Root canal therapy cleanses the damaged area and restores the tooth. We remove infected pulp, clean the root canal space, and then fill the space with special, medicated filling materials. You receive a fully functional tooth that can last a lifetime. Improvement on the traditional method uses the dental laser to thoroughly clean the root canal space. The energy from the laser penetrates the small tubules of the root canal much more profoundly than traditional methods, ensuring better cleaning and a more complete removal of bacteria.