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Root Canal Treatment

   
Once upon a time, the mention of the words Root Canal would send most people into a panic. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment you may be able to save the tooth in a relatively painless procedure. Signature Smiles understands the importance of root canal treatment and strives to make the patient feel comfortable and confident in the procedure.

What is a Root Canal: Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws.

When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.

 

Root Canal Treatment Scottsdale 


Signature Smiles root canal treatment often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, Dr. Klein removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.

Here's how your tooth is saved through treatment at Signature Smiles:
  1. First, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth.
  2. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  3. The pulp is then removed. The root canal(s) is cleaned and shaped to a form that can be filled.
  4. The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped
  5. Medications may be put in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection.
  6. A temporary filling will be placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits. Your dentist may leave the tooth open for a few days to drain. You might also be given medicine to help control infection that may have spread beyond the tooth.
  7. The pulp chamber and root canals are filled and sealed.
  8. The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
  9. In the final step, a gold or porcelain crown is usually placed over the tooth.
  10. The crown of the tooth is then restored.
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.

Best of all, Signature Smiles can save your tooth and your smile!
 
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