A root canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a damaged tooth. A root canal is often a necessary procedure required to save an infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for too long, an abscess can form. Abscesses show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is critical to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far.
We begin by anesthetizing the effected area. We then open an access point through the top surface of the tooth. Dr. Felahy determines the working length of each canal, and each canal is cleaned and shaped in preparation for receiving the filling material. Once each canal is prepared, it is filled with an inert material referred to as gutta percha. The canals are then sealed. Finally, the tooth is ready for a restoration, which is usually a crown. The entire procedure is typically completed in two visits.
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