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If your tooth’s pulp chamber nerve becomes infected or irreversibly damaged, a root canal may become necessary. This may happen a month or years after the last procedure on a certain tooth. Today’s root canal procedures are much less involved than former treatment methods, which means it takes less time, usually one visit, and is more comfortable. Root canals avoid the need for dental implants or bridges by saving your natural tooth. We use the best technology including high magnification, 3D imaging, and rotary instrumentation to ensure an optimal result.
Endodontics deals with diseases of the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves inside the tooth. The most common endodontic treatment is called a “root canal,” a procedure used to remove infected tissue and refill the nerve canal inside the tooth. Think of it as removing the pencil lead out of a pencil and placing a filler in the empty space. A root canal allows you to retain your natural tooth while eliminating the infection.
When inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure, your doctor may have to perform an apicoectomy. In this procedure, the doctor opens the gum tissue near the tooth to see the underlying bone and to remove any inflamed or infected tissue. A small filling may be placed in the root to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches or sutures are placed in the gingiva to help the tissue heal properly.