ROOT CANAL THERAPY
When a tooth is so infected or decayed that it is in danger of being lost, a root canal is performed. We remove the damaged pulp, then fill and seal the canal.
Most root canals are completed in a single visit. Occasionally there will be two appointments involved. We also like to follow up with your treatment for up to a year. These follow up visits are on us.
ROOT CANAL RETREATMENT
If you’ve had a root canal that was not effective, we can perform a retreatment. This involves re-opening your canals, sterilizing the area, and then refilling the canals. The majority of the time we are able to make a small access hole in the crown, that is repaired with a composite filling.
Apical Surgery involves us making an incision on either side of the tooth in question. The gums are lifted to expose the root tip and infected bone. We remove the infected tissue, along with the very end of the root. The root tip is then sealed off. Occasionally a bone graft will be needed to fill in the area where the infected bone was removed. The gums are then laid back in place and sutured. Sutures are removed in one week.
We are in the business of keeping your natural teeth in as long as possible. If we find that a tooth is fractured, there is no option but to have the tooth extracted. Implants are a wonderful way of replacing the missing tooth. As soon as a tooth is extracted, the bone around that tooth will start to erode. Implants prevent this and keep the bone level at a healthy level.