Root Canal Dentist in Commack, NY 11725
Endodontic therapy or Root Canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth.Infection of the pulp can be caused by many things, such as trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Root Canal therapy eliminates infection and protects the tooth from future infection
Step-by-Step Endodontic Procedure
Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:
1. After the tooth is numb, the Dentist places a small protective sheet called a “dental dam” over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
2. The Dentist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and to shape the space for filling.
3. After the space is cleaned and shaped, the Dentist fills the root canals with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The gutta-percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
4. 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. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible.