Root Canal Treatment

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What is a Root Canal?

Once the nerve of the tooth has been injured by a deep cavity or a fracture it is unable to heal. In a root canal Dr. Kuske will remove the damaged, diseased nerve. The remaining space will be cleaned, shaped and filled. After the root canal is completed the tooth will need a dental crown to restore its shape and function.

What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?

Root canal treatment involves one or more visits. There are several steps that root canal dentist Dr. Kuske will perform to save your tooth:

  • First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. Dr. Kuske will put a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep the tooth dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
  • The tooth’s nerve or pulp is then removed from both the inside of tooth (pulp chamber) and the root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
  • Medicine may be placed in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of bacteria.
  • A temporary filling will be placed in the opening of the tooth to stop saliva from getting into the chamber and root canals. You might also be given antibiotics if infection has spread beyond the end of the root(s). If Dr. Kuske prescribes medicine, use it only as directed. If you have any problems with the medicine, please call Dr. Kuske.
  • During the next stage of treatment, the temporary filling is removed. The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
  • In the final step, the tooth may be restored by a dental crown or a filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks.

Treatment Description Credit to the ADA

Dr. Nicole Kuske DDS performs root canals at her Mission Viejo, CA office.
Dr. Nicole Kuske DDS performs root canals at her Mission Viejo, CA office.