Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canals

Dr. Sayrs is proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy! Approximately, there over 24 million root canals performed each year. Endodontists specialize completely in endodontic treatments, and by using the most advanced, revolutionary technology, root canals are one of the most successful in dentistry.

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp (the soft, living tissue inside each tooth) from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler. There are a number of reasons a root canal may be necessary, including dental injuries, severe decay and infection or inflammation in the tooth pulp. When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity.

Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

Endodontic Retreatment

Teeth with endodontic treatment can last as long as natural teeth as long as you brush and floss daily, have routine check-ups and eat a healthy diet. However, if a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy does not heal, or even if treatment is successful, sometimes pain resumes, and the tooth becomes diseased. Under these circumstances, endodontic retreatment may save your tooth.

Some plausible reasons for endodontic retreatment include:

  • Damage to the root: Root damage can occur as a result of a root fracture or because of the formation of a cyst or infection around the tip of the root.
  • New decay develops: When the root canal filling is exposed to bacteria as a result of decay, the treatment area may become infected again. A broken, loose or cracked crown or filling can yield the same result.
  • Root canals are not thoroughly cleaned and sealed: For treatment to be effective, the root canals must be thoroughly cleaned and sealed as close to the root as possible. In some cases, the canals may be so tiny, curved or hardened that they may be difficult to clean thoroughly.

During endodontic retreatment, the root canals are reopened, filled and sealed again. Usually the crown and other materials must be removed for the dentist to access the canals. The inside of the tooth is carefully examined for the presence of other canals and unusual anatomy to ensure a thorough cleaning and sealing during this retreatment.

If the canals are narrow, curved or hardened, we can make an incision close to the end of the root, so that the tip of the root can be sealed.

Following the final visit, a new restoration must be placed to protect the tooth and to restore biting and chewing functions.

Endodontic surgery or surgery along with retreatment may be recommended. Tooth extraction is the only other alternative. This process is ultimately more expensive and time consuming because the tooth must be replaced. While modern tooth replacements are effective, nothing is better than your natural tooth.

If you have any questions, please call our office and speak to a member of our staff.

Kandy S. Sayrs, D.D.S., P.C.

  • Kandy S. Sayrs, DDS - 1865 N. Henderson St., Suite 9, Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone: 309-342-4144 Fax: 309-344-1637

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