Root Canal Treatment
We’ve all heard the phrase “I’d rather have a root canal.” Although the procedure is relatively painless when done properly, the root canal remains the most stereotypical fearsome and mysterious dental procedure.
Endodontic therapy, or root canal treatment, is a procedure whose end result is the elimination of infection, inflammation and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Although this procedure is commonly referred to as a root canal, this term is imprecise; root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the anatomical hollows within a tooth which are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and a number of other cellular entities. Endodontic therapy includes the complete removal of these structures, the subsequent cleaning, shaping and decontamination of these hollows. The decontaminated root canals are then obturated, or filled with an inert filling material such as gutta percha After the procedure the tooth will remain fully functional but technically will it be “dead” as the patient will be unable to feel hot or cold. Also, the majority of cases will require a full coverage restoration such as a crown.
Crowns or “Caps” are dental restorations that cover the entire surface of the tooth. Crowns may be indicated for numerous reasons some of which include decay, fractures, cracked tooth syndrome, following root canal therapy, and large restorations at risk of fracture. Not only do crowns provide stability to the tooth, but they can also enhance the esthetics of the tooth.
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking. Whitening can get your smile looking its best.