Endodontic therapy enables us to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed. Replacing a tooth with an artificial one often requires more costly and time consuming treatment. Once inflamed or infected, this tissue has lost the ability to heal itself. Most teeth can be saved with endodontic therapy if they are treated within a reasonable time frame after a proper diagnosis has been made. If ignored, a tooth infection can result in pain, sweliing, and even death.
Once it has been determined by Dr. Slosberg that endodontic therapy is necessary, a local anesthetic is given and an isolation device called a rubber dam is placed over the tooth during treatment. The rubber dam protects the patient from any instruments or solutions used during the procedure. An opening is made in the coronal portion, or top of the tooth, the canals are cleaned, medicated and shaped into a form that can easily be filled. The canals are then filled with a rubber-like material called Gutta Percha that seals the tooth. Dr. Slosberg may place a medicated filling in the tooth if your unique situation requires multiple visits.