Root canal treatment, or endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. It is designed to save badly damaged or diseased tooth.
The space inside the roots of your tooth is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop. This tissue is removed and the space is sterilised and filled with a special material to seal the root off.
The tooth will often require a crown to provide long-lasting protection. At Smiles by Design we can perform your root canal therapy with the Wave One® system and design your crown with a CEREC® restoration, all in a single office visit.
- Typically, we will take x-rays to see the source of the decay.
- Using the Wave One® system, an opening is made in the affected tooth and the diseased pulp is removed (pulpectomy).
- Next, the roots that have been opened are filled and sealed off.
As with other procedures, a local anaesthesia is applied to the tooth. Despite its notoriety, root canals are not more painful than routine fillings.