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The ultimate goal for a root canal is to repair a severely infected tooth as opposed to complete extraction. Treatment is done by removing the damaged pulp of the tooth, sanitizing it, and then packing it full of a rubber-like substance and sealing it.

Normally, the instigator of a root canal is a bacterial infection that has found its way deep inside a tooth due to some sort of trauma, crack or cavity. The term “root canal” is descriptive because of the need to drill right into the canal of the tooth’s root to access and clear out the infection.

In the past, root canal procedures were painful and widely dreaded by those who had them done, but now with modern advancements in dental tools and anesthetics, there is little pain involved and no one should feel stressed about treatment.

Depending on your specific situation, several office visits may be required for root canal treatment. The steps needed to complete treatment are:

A) The dentist performs an examination and x-rays the tooth. After identifying the infection a local anesthetic is administered to the affected tooth via needle and syringe.

B) A thin rubber square, called a dental dam, is then situated around the infected tooth to isolate it, keep it clean and free from saliva during the procedure.

C) Using a small drill or laser tool, the endodontist or dentist makes a hole in the tooth so that he may access the infection and remove the diseased tissue, called a pulpectomy.

D) The empty cavity chamber, now cleared of disease, is sterilized and shaped for a filling. The roots (canals) of the tooth are also cleaned and prepped to receive a rubbery material filling.

E) Finally, a temporary filling and/or cap is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits. In a secondary visit, a permanent filling and cap replace the temporary ones and the tooth is sealed.

Dr. Sidney Adler is proud to have performed many root canals and would be happy to use his expertise to ensure you have a comfortable experience with this procedure. If you have any questions, please contact us at: 718-548-3353, or make an appointment at Riverdale Oral Health and Implant Center in Riverdale, New York.