- Dental Implants
- Composite Fillings
- Crowns (Caps)
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Root Canal Therapy
Where ever possible, root canal therapy or endodontic therapy (endo-inside, dontic-tooth) is the best outcome to save an infected tooth from removal.
Root canal therapy or is necessary treatment when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with specially medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is a safe, effective, and cost effective treatment to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients question if removing (pulling) a tooth is the solution, but this course of action will ultimately be more costly and can cause significant problems for adjacent teeth, putting the whole structure of the teeth and mouth at risk.
Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime.
Reasons for root canal therapy:
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
- Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does root canal therapy involve?
Typically, Dr. John Gawlik will be able to perform endodontic therapy (root canal procedure) in a single visit. Most patients report that they feel little or no pain while Dr. Gawlik performs the treatment, and relief from pain is almost certain after the procedure.
First, the tooth and adjacent area is numbed. Then, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, it will also be removed with special dental instruments.
Then, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the opening on top of the tooth. In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will protect the tooth from breaking, and restore it to its full function.
After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. Most patients report immediate relief from the infection that was causing them pain.