Prior to recent advances in medicine, damage to the core of a tooth usually meant removal. The modern solution is a root canal, known in the medical community as Endodontic treatment.

A root canal is usually performed on a cracked tooth or a tooth with a deep cavity. If a root canal is not performed bacteria is able to enter the core of the tooth (the pulp) and cause decay of the nerve, tissue, and blood vessels in the tooth's canal. If left untreated, the diseased tooth may become extremely sensitive to heat and cold, may throb, or even cause infection in the jawbone (an abscess).

The Root Canal Procedure
During the surgical portion of a root canal, the decayed tooth is first anesthetized. A hole is made through the crown of the tooth, down into the pulp. Tiny metal instruments are used to extract the remaining pulp from the tooth, and thoroughly cleans and disinfects the canal.

Once cleaned out, the canal is re-shaped to fill the interior of the tooth. The canal is filled with a rubberized inert material that helps prevent future infection. A temporary seal protects the tooth until the patient can return to our office.

A post core procedure to rebuild the anatomical structure of the tooth is administered to serve as the supporting structure for a permanent CEREC or porcelain crown. After that, the dental crown is fitted on the tooth to permanently seal it. Through these procedures we are able to provide the best available long-term solution to the injured tooth. At Dr. Zajacz's office, these procedures are completed during one single visit.

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