When the inside of a tooth (pulp) becomes inflamed or infected, severe tooth pain or an abscess can occur. A root canal is a procedure that removes infected tissue from the central part of the tooth and its roots, replacing it with a sterile root filling material.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
At Springfield Lorton Dental Group, we are set apart by our ability to perform root canal treatment with the highest level of expertise. Not only do we have a qualified endodontist on staff, but our office utilizes modern CBCT technology and other advanced equipment to ensure your root canal is carried out with unrivaled precision and accuracy. CBCT (cone beam computed topography) is an advanced 3D imaging system that captures real-time images of the entire maxillofacial region, which includes the teeth, jaws and sinuses as well as the surrounding tissues, muscles and nerves. Such advanced computer-guided technology, combined with the use of an advanced dental microscope, allows our practice to produce superior results when it comes to root canal treatment. While the procedure itself can be less invasive with the use of this cutting-edge equipment, patients can also take advantage of sedation dentistry for a painless and stress-free root canal experience.
- The patient undergoes anesthesia.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
- A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
- Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.