Treat Your Root Canal With Kochevar
To understand endodontic treatment, it helps to know the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth under the layers is a soft tissue, called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed, a root canal is performed to clean this area:
- Step 1: The endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers local anesthetic. The endodontist places a “dental dam” inside the mouth to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
- Step 2: The endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals, then used to shape the space for filling.
- Step 3: The endodontist fills the root canals with a rubber-like material called “gutta-percha.” The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
- Step 4: After the final visit with your endodontist, you must return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.