Save your smile with Endodontics
Saving your natural smile is our top priority. Root canal treatment (endodontics) is the last resort to save a natural tooth when it is severely infected. At Winston Churchill Dental we are able to perform root canal treatment under operating microscopes in order to save your natural dentition (teeth).
There is a myth of root canal treatment being an extremely painful experience, but that is not the case. We will do everything to make sure this procedure is as comfortable as possible.
Root canal treatment is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. The root canal treatment procedure is generally carried out under local anesthesia (with the option of conscious sedation to eliminate anxiety), and may be completed in one or more visits, based on the clinical indication.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Each tooth has a pulp chamber in the center, which is a network of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp can become infected due to trauma to the tooth, a deep cavity, or cracks or wears caused by teeth grinding (image 1).
The first step is to remove the decay from the tooth (image 2).
An endodontic file is used to remove the infected pulp and the canals are cleaned (image 3).
Canals are then filled with Gutta-percha, which is a permanent filling (image 4).
Next the tooth is restored with posts on either side to provide structure and support to the tooth with a filling on top (image 5).
Once the root canal treatment is completed, a follow up visit will be scheduled (within 3-6 months after the procedure) to discuss the type of final restoration needed to protect the tooth. The most common final restoration is a crown placed to strengthen the tooth structure (image 6).