Endodontic procedures can generally be completed in one to two visits. They involve a number of steps. The endodontist performs an evaluation of a tooth that includes x-rays. A local anesthetic is administered and the tooth is numbed.
A protective sheet known as a “dental dam” over is placed to isolate the tooth and prevent saliva during the procedure. An opening is created in the crown of the tooth. Small instruments are used to help clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals to create space for the filling.
After the space is cleaned and shaped, the root canals will be filled with biocompatible material. This is usually a rubber-like material known as “gutta-percha”. An adhesive cement is used to for the placement of gutta-percha to ensure the root canal is completely sealed. The temporary filling will be removed before the tooth is restored.
After the final visit, a crown or other restoration can be placed to ensure the tooth is fully protected and functions optimally.
If your tooth does not have the necessary structure to secure restorations in place, a post can be placed inside it. Call Bixby Knolls Dental Group for additional details about these restorations.
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