If you have a tooth that has lost a large filling, been deeply fractured or has been compromised by severe tooth decay, it can cause a variety of problems. Beyond simply compromising your ability to chew food in that part of your mouth, it can also lead to an infection deep in the root which could spread to the surrounding gum tissues.
A root canal procedure performed by Darden DDS is designed to remove any infected material and then rebuild the internal structures of the tooth to later mount a crown.
Before starting the root canal your endodontist will inspect the tooth to assess the extent of damage and decay. In some cases, a tooth might too compromised to be viable for a root canal and it will need to be extracted.
If there is sufficient internal structure remaining in the root, the Darden DDS endodontist will then remove any affected materials and form an abutment. This involves removing excess enamel and other structures. Any internal tissue or materials that were compromised will then be restores a material called gutta-percha. Later this will serve as the anchor point for a crown. An impression is taken of the area, and a temporary crown is cemented over the abutment to protect it. The impression is sent to a dental lab where your permanent crown is created.
When the permanent crown is done you will come in for a brief follow up appointment. The temporary crown is removed and your permanent crown is cemented in place.
If you have a severely compromised tooth from lost fillings, deep fractures or severe tooth decay, please call Darden DDS at 626.963.6006 to schedule an appointment.