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Endodontics (Root Canals)

Gone are the days when a tooth with a diseased nerve immediately is passed on for tooth extraction. Dr. Rinta can help rescue and save your precious tooth with a special dental procedure called root canal therapy.

What Are Root Canals?

Root canal treatment is a relatively simple procedure of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected and dead tissue. The pulp runs like a thread going down through the root. By the time the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. Chances are you will lose the tooth if you don't remove the pulp. This space is disinfected and sealed with special materials to protect it. Then, Dr. Rinta will place a crown over the tooth which helps make it stronger.

Tooth extractions are done only as a last resort. If extraction is absolutely necessary then a dental implant can be placed in the extracted site. Dental implants can last up to a lifetime with proper daily care and regular hygiene appointments, and they are not susceptible to decay. If for some reasons, dental implants can't be placed, Dr. Rinta can place a partial, a fixed bridge or a full denture (in severe cases).

Root Canal Treatment

Every tooth consists of three different layers. From the outside, first there is Enamel (the outer layer of the tooth which is the hardest part of the body). The second layer is Dentin (the inside hard layer) and then we have the Pulp (which is an empty space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located).

If for any reason the pulp space is exposed to the outside, the tissue becomes contaminated and eventually infected. The exposure of pulp happens in many circumstances, for example when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. Regardless of the reason for this contamination or damage to pulp tissue, the treatment is usually root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected and dead tissue. Then the space is disinfected and sealed with special materials.

Root canal treatments are now performed with advanced techniques and materials, and are more comfortable and faster than in the past. After root canal treatment is done your restorative dentist will usually place a crown on your tooth to protect it against fracture.

Root Canal Re-treatment

When a root canal treatment fails, the first course of action that is usually taken is trying to re-do the root canal treatment. It is usually done by an Endodontist (root canal specialist) or an experienced general dentist.

The process is very similar to root canal treatment, the difference is that besides taking any remaining infected tissue out, the doctor has to take old filling material, any posts and crowns or any other obstacle in the pulp space out to be able to successfully disinfect and seal the area of the root canal.

After the root canal treatment is done your restorative dentist will place a crown to protect the tooth against fractures.
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