A root canal may be needed if the decay has reached the tooth's nerve. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth's infected root, then filling and sealing the canal..
1) An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
2) The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
3) The infected area is medicated.
4) The root canals are filled.
5) The crown opening is filled with a temporary.
Why a Root Canal?
A cavity that has been left untreated can become larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.
Many times after a tooth has endured trauma, decay, or similar, the tooth structure is compromised. In cases like this, Dr. Noie will use a post and crown in an effort to restore the tooth; a crown buildup will be made with either a composite bonding material or an amalgam material. The buildup will create a reliable foundation to support the crown, which aims to restore the tooth’s appearance and functionality so you can walk out with your perfect smile.