Sometimes your natural tooth may need a root canal (endodontic) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Also, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. Left untreated, pulp inflammation or infections can lead to pain or an abscess. Some signs that might indicate the need for a root canal are prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold (usually more than 30 seconds), tenderness to touch and chewing, or swelling.
Dr. Nabaie uses the most advanced technology available today to perform root canals. Thanks to the advancements in the field of endodontics he performs most root canals in one visit with the use of local anesthesia. The process is pain free and usually requires no post treatment pain medications. Patients can expect some tenderness for 2-5 days following root canal treatment.
To save a tooth needing a root canal Dr. Nabaie removes the inflamed or infected pulp. He carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, then fills and seals the space. After treatment (possibly on the same day) Dr. Nabaie will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.