Endodontic therapy, more commonly known as a root canal, is an outpatient procedure used to repair or replacing the root of a tooth that is damaged or infected.
Your dentist might require a series of X-rays in advance to help determine the extent of the decay and any other problems.
They will then remove excess enamel to gains access to the infected parts of the tooth and the root. Once the infected root is removed it will be replaced 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.
A week or two later you will come in for a brief follow up appointment where 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 908-509-4428 to schedule an appointment.