Endodontic therapy, more commonly known as a root canal, is a procedure designed to address a tooth with an infected root. Symptoms of a tooth in need of a root canal includes a tooth with a large area of decay, a lost filling. It might be accompanied by a pain in the tooth or deep down in the gums. If left unresolved the pain might subside or the tooth may even change color. In some situations, a root canal might be called for to repair an otherwise healthy tooth that was deeply fractured or cracked.
Regardless of the source two separate procedures are called for to permanently restore the tooth. At the first appointment, the dentist will probably take a series of X-rays to determine the degree of infection. They will then remove excess enamel to gains access to the infected parts of the tooth. After removing the infected material, the root structure will be restored and replaced with a material called gutta-percha.
They will then create an abutment that will later anchor a permanent crown. This involves the dentist creating an impression of the area and covering it with a temporary crown. The impression is sent off to a dental laboratory where a permanent crown is then made.
At the second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement your permanent crown in place. With proper care and cleaning the new crown can last for many years to come.
If you have a tooth has been damaged or suffers from excessive decay, please call us at 203.729.0563 to schedule an appointment. If left unresolved a serious infection could form in your gum tissue impacting your overall health.