When you are experiencing terrible tooth pain, sometimes the only thing you can think about is how to get rid of it. Thanks to the skill and experience of Dr. Weinberg, we can actually perform a root canal to get rid of that pain—and save the rest of your tooth in the process!
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also known as endodontic therapy, is the removal of the tooth’s pulp: a small, thread-like bundle of tissue and nerves in the center of the tooth. Endodontic therapy by Dr. Brion Weinberg will remove the damaged, diseased, or dead pulp in the center of your tooth and clean, shape, and fill the remaining tooth structure. This procedure seals off the root canal.
Years ago, teeth with damaged or diseased pulps were completely removed. Today, at Weinberg Dentistry, we perform a root canal to save many teeth that would otherwise be lost.
The most common causes of pulp damage or tooth death are:
- A deep cavity.
- A cracked tooth.
- An injury to a tooth, such as severe trauma to the tooth, either recent or in the past.
If the pulp becomes infected—or worse, dead—and is left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause severe pain.
How Is a Root Canal Performed?
Depending on the situation we can take several steps for root canal treatment. These steps are:
- First, an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or premolar.
- After the diseased pulp is removed (known as a pulpectomy), the pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned, enlarged and shaped in preparation for being filled.
- If more than one visit is necessary, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits.
- At the next visit, the temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal are permanently filled at our office. A tapered, rubbery material called gutta-percha is inserted into each of the root canals and is often sealed into place with cement. In certain cases, a metal or plastic rod is placed in the root canal for extra structural support.
- In the final step, a dental crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is broken down to a great extent, a post may be required to build it up prior to placing the dental crown.
By going through this process, we can not only save your infected tooth, but we can also prevent that infection or decay from spreading to any of your other teeth!
With microscopic endodontics, we can offer our patients greater comfort and an even higher success rate. We can perform our root canals using microscopic technology that will ensure that the infection is completely removed and your tooth is completely treated and sealed. Microscopic endodontics allows us to see things that other endodontic treatments might have missed.
To find out more about this revolutionary treatment, call us at our office today.
How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?
After endodontic therapy, your treated and restored tooth or teeth can last a lifetime with proper care! Good oral hygiene and frequent dentist visits are necessary because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth. There is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, so root-treated teeth can become brittle and prone to fracture. Dr. Weinberg will take this into consideration when deciding whether to crown or fill a tooth after root canal procedure.
Dr. Weinberg compares the new x-rays with those taken prior to treatment in order to determine the success level of a root canal. This comparison will show whether bone continues to be lost or is being regenerated.
Endodontics, or root canal treatments, is a great way to save a tooth that would have required removal in years past. In fact, root canals are now the accepted and preferred way to treat teeth with diseased pulp.
To Relieve Tooth Pain and Save Your Dental Health, Call Weinberg Dentistry Today!
Dr. Brion Weinberg performs root canals at Weinberg Dentistry in West Palm Beach. Call us today or fill out the form on this page to make an appointment and to learn if a root canal can help your situation. With the proper steps taken after endodontics and with follow-up visits, you will be on your way to your new healthy, permanent smile.