DOWNTOWN DENTAL GROUP
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 5036
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414.278.6070
GRANT PARK DENTAL
1333 College Avenue
Suite C
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
414.764.6070
Root canal treatments are implemented to help restore the integrity of a tooth. They become necessary when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or diseased. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including cavities, repeated dental procedures, cracked or broken teeth, injury to the tooth or repetitive trauma.
How do root canals work?
During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the infected pulp and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and sealed. Local anesthetic is delivered and once numb, the pulp is accessed through the biting surface of the tooth. Intricate files are then used to systematically clean the inside of the pulp chamber and canals in each root. Once the inside of the tooth is completely clean, canals are filled and sealed. Generally a root canal appointment takes about 1 ½ - 2 hours, and only over-the-counter pain relievers are necessary for patient comfort. Oftentimes, a follow-up appointment will be necessary to have the dentist place a Post and Core. When the blood supply is removed from the tooth, it can become brittle and potentially break. The Post helps restore the tooth's stability and strength.
TYPICAL ROOT CANAL
Tooth decay can cause an abscessed (infected) tooth.
Tooth decay is removed and an opening is made into the pulp chamber.
The pulp and nerve are romoved, and the root canals inside the tooth are cleaned and shaped
The root canals and pulp chambers are filled.
A metal or plastic rod or post may be placed in the root canal to support the crown.
The crown of the tooth is then restored.