A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure for repairing or replacing the root of a tooth that has been damaged or become infected.
Before the procedure your dentist might take a series of X-rays to help determine the extent of the decay. This also helps spot things like an infection or abscess which could pose a serious threat to your health.
The dentist will then remove excess enamel and any decay to gains access to the infected parts of the tooth. They will then replace any lost structure in the root with a rubbery material called gutta-percha. This gives the tooth back most of its original integrity and allows the dentist to create an abutment that will anchor a crown.
The dentist will then make an impression of the area before fitting the abutment with a temporary crown. The impression is sent off to a dental laboratory where a permanent crown is then made.
At a brief second appointment the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the new permanent crown in place. With proper care and cleaning the new crown and abutment can last for many years to come.
If you are concerned that you might need a root canal please feel free to call us at 314-351-6554 to schedule an appointment.