The Root Canal Treatment Steps
Root canal therapy is often done in two appointments: one for the actual procedure and another to place the protective dental crown. Depending on the extent of your infection, you may need more than two appointments to make sure your tooth is treated completely.
Clearing the Infection
Before beginning the procedure, Dr. Gabriel may take an x-ray or scan of your tooth to map out your root canals. You’ll also receive a local anesthetic in the area affected and sedation if you agreed on it with Dr. Gabriel before the treatment.
Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Gabriel will make a tiny hole in your tooth. He’ll use highly accurate dental tools to remove all the natural material from inside your tooth. If any nerves or tissue is left inside your tooth, they can become reinfected.
After your tooth has been cleared, Dr. Gabriel will send an impression of it to the laboratory to create a permanent dental crown. A temporary crown will protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
Placing a Dental Crown
When your permanent dental crown is ready, we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come back for your second visit. Dr. Gabriel will take the temporary crown off and clean the tooth. He’ll fill the tooth with a putty-like material called gutta-percha to stabilize it. Then, he’ll fill the small hole and securely place the permanent crown.
If root canal therapy can’t save your tooth, an extraction may be the only way to prevent the infection from spreading. Dr. Gabriel tries to preserve your natural tooth, but sometimes removal is the only option. He offers natural-looking tooth replacement solutions that can keep your smile looking beautiful after your extraction, so you won’t have to worry about your smile.