Root Canals

root canals

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment or Endodontics is a procedure that involves the filling of the core of the tooth (pulp) with an inert material.

Development of Caries
  • A Normal Tooth
  • B Beginning and advancement of caries
  • C Deeply destroyed, carious tooth with gangrenous pulp and acute opical periodontitis, submucosal phase
  • D Deeply destroyed, carious tooth with gangrenous pulp and acute apical periodontitis, enostal phase
Cleaning Root Canals
Saving your Teeth with Root Canal Treatment

Your tooth is opened, then your root canal is cleaned and shaped

Cleaning and shaping your root canals

First, your dentist makes an opening in your tooth and removes any fillings and decay. Then your dentist removes unhealthy pulp with tiny, flexible, files. Using delicate, up-and-down motions, your dentist gently cleans and smoothens your canals to prepare them for the canal-filling materials.

Filling Root Canals
Filling your root canals

After the pulp has been removed from your root canals and they have been smoothened, your root canals will be filled. Your dentist may fill the canals with tiny cone-shaped pieces of gutta-percha, a firm, rubber like material, or use another dental material. A sealer cement is used to seal the filling material into place.

The success rates for Root Canal Therapy have been reported to be as high as 95%.