Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment involves the saving of a tooth that is decayed and otherwise would die and have to be removed. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

How is a root canal performed?

Dr. Prasad will anesthetize your tooth to eliminate discomfort. The injured and/or diseased pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This treatment may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment ranges from 60 to 100 percent depending upon the severity of disease. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of healing is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.

What happens after treatment?

A permanent restoration should be commenced approximately 1 week after treatment. Any delay in the placement of a permanent restoration can exert a negative influence on the outcome of root canal therapy. A decision about what type of restoration is necessary to protect your tooth will be made, but in most circumstances a full coverage restoration (such as a crown) will be recommended.