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Root Canal Treatment from Start to Finish


Implant Series 1

1.  A Deep Infection
Root canal treatment is needed when the tooth's root becomes infected or inflamed through injury or advanced decay.


Implant series 2

2.  A Route to the Root
The tooth is anesthetized. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber.


Implant series 3

3.  Removing the Infected/Inflamed Tissue
Special files are used to clean the infection and unhealthy pulp out of the canals. Irrigation is used to clean small offshoots of the main canal (called lateral canals).



4.  Filling the Canals
The canals are filled with a permanent material, often gutta-percha. This helps to support the tooth and keep the canals free of infection or contamination. A thin, metal instrument, called a plugger, is used to push the gutta-percha into the canals so that it becomes compacted and fills the canals completely.



5.  Rebuilding the Tooth
A temporary filling material is placed on top of the gutta-percha to seal the opening until the tooth is ready to be prepared for a crown. A crown, sometimes called a cap, is made to look like a natural tooth, and is placed on top.



6.  Extra Support
In some cases, a post is placed to give the crown extra support.



7.  The Crowning Touch
The crown is cemented into place.


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