Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cellular entities. Together, these items constitute the dental pulp.
Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals.
Filling of the cleaned and decontaminated canals is done with an inert filling such as gutta-percha, Molars, and premolars that have had root canal therapy should be protected with a crown that covers the cusps of the tooth.
This is because the access made into the root canal system removes a significant amount of tooth structure.
Molars and premolars and anterior teeth, will almost certainly fracture in the future without cuspal coverage.
In our office, Dr. Abdulmajeed and Dr. Peter Bellingham, who is a Root Canal Specialists, performs the procedure on patients awake or under general anesthesia.