Root Canal Therapy, also known as Endodontic Treatment, is used to restore teeth with dental infection and decay that has entered the pulp of the tooth.

When dental decay is left untreated the bacteria enter into the pulp of the tooth (the soft center of the tooth that is filled with nerves and blood vessels). Once decay enters the tooth’s pulp the vitality of the tooth is compromised. When decay is in the pulp you may feel pain and/or hot and cold sensitivity in your tooth or surrounding teeth. You may also notice swelling in the gums around the tooth, and a bad taste, odor or pus emitting from the gums.

The Process

To diagnose if endodontic treatment is necessary, Dr. Nawrot will examine your tooth for visual signs of decay and infection. He will then take an x-ray of your tooth and will complete a pulp vitality test. A pulp vitality test is a diagnostic tool that Dr. Nawrot uses to check the vitality of the nerves in your tooth.

When you come in for your root canal therapy appointment, Dr. Nawrot will first apply a topical gel and local anesthetic. When you are feeling numb and comfortable he will remove the decay from your tooth. He will then seal and fill the roots to add structure back to the tooth. He may also add a metal post to your tooth for additional strength. After that Dr. Nawrot will apply either a temporary or permanent restoration to your tooth. As with any dental procedure we recommend you are very careful and avoid eating or drinking anything too hot or sharp until the anesthetic has worn off.
Regular hygiene appointments will help keep your restorations and teeth healthy, and will allow them to last longer. It is very important to keep regular dental examinations for teeth that have root canal therapy done to ensure they are maintaining proper tooth structure.