Non Surgical Root Canal
What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with well over 14 million performed every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants, bridges, or removable partial dentures, all of which are more costly than saving the tooth.
Success for root canal treatment occurs in better than 95% of these cases.
In the hollow center of your tooth lies the pulp, which is the living portion of your tooth. The pulp is a collection of blood vessels and other tissue. Bacteria are common to the mouth, but not inside the hollow interior of our teeth. Bacterial infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, or cracks. You may experience sensitivity to temperature, pain on biting, spontaneous toothache, or swelling of the area around the tooth, or even swelling in your face. Even so, the tooth is likely still savable.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the hollow root canal system is thoroughly cleansed and sealed to eliminate bacteria. Success for this type of treatment occurs in better than 95% of cases. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. We assure your comfort throughout the procedure. Root canal treatment is not painful. We establish profound local anesthesia before starting treatment to eliminate discomfort. In addition, NITROUS OXIDE analgesia (laughing gas) and/or SEDATION is available for anxious patients undergoing root canal treatment, as well as other procedures performed by Dr. Moussalli.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, the problem of bacteria in the pulp has been corrected. However, the tooth is usually still structurally broken down from decay or fractures. Next the tooth is internally built up using bonding materials, sometimes with a strong titanium post. Lastly, the tooth is externally reinforced with a CROWN. In this condition, the tooth can potentially last a lifetime.
A common pitfall to be avoided is that of completing root canal treatment and failing to restore the tooth with a crown. The structurally unstable tooth may be fine for a time, lacking any sensitivity, but eventual fracture is all too common and can result in loss of the tooth. In general, root canal treatment and placement of a crown is much less costly than extraction and replacement of the tooth with an artificial tooth or implant.