therapy is perhaps our most common endodontic procedure. Performed
properly and in a timely manner, a "root canal"
can prevent larger problems in the future, such as dental
implants or bridges.
pulp in the center of your tooth becomes infected due to trauma,
deep decay, cracks and chips, or prior dental procedures,
you may experience swelling, sensitivity to temperature, or
pain near the infection site. If your dentist recommends a
root canal, we can remove the damaged pulp, then clean and
seal the tooth to maintain its overall integrity.
your root canal, you are referred back to your dentist for
follow-up restoration, most likely a crown to protect the
endodontic treatment is performed as a permanent and lasting
solution, occasionally a tooth that has previously received
treatment may require retreatment. Reasons may include:
or narrow canals that were not treated initially
or otherwise atypical canals not detected during initial
much time elapsing between procedure and restoration
of the restoration to prevent contamination from saliva
decay, crack, or other problem affecting the same tooth
we remove the restorative material to gain access to the root
canal, then carefully clean the canals and examine the inside
of the tooth for further problems. Once any problems have
been resolved, we reseal the tooth and include a temporary
filling. You should then return to your dentist as soon as
possible for your new crown or other restorative procedure.
canal therapy or endodontic retreatment cannot resolve the
problem with your tooth, we may recommend surgery. Surgery
can locate fractures or canals that are not visible even on
x-rays, and in some cases damage to root surfaces or the surrounding
bone may be treated in this manner.
apical surgery, we make an incision in the gum tissue, which
exposes the bone and surrounding inflamed tissue. Then, we
remove the damaged tissue and replace the root tip with a
root-end filling to prevent reinfection of the root. Finally,
we suture the gum, which allows the bone to heal naturally
around the root.
(Walking) Bleaching of Darkened Teeth
or darkened teeth can sometimes be the result of staining
on the interior of the tooth, and no amount of exterior surface
whitening will correct this condition. In such cases, we can
actually whiten teeth from the inside.
walking bleach technique, we seal a whitening agent in the
pulp chamber of the tooth for a period of several days to
a week. After that period, the agent is removed and the tooth
resealed prior to final restorative measures.
evaluate your teeth to determine whether you are a likely
candidate for Intracoronal Bleaching.