Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy is performed to devitalize or remove the pulp tissue of a tooth. The pulp is the primitive tissue in the very center of every tooth. It is a very simple tissue consisting of a nerve, artery, and vein. It is also a very vulnerable tissue in that it has no ability to heal itself. Once it gets insulted or damaged by trauma, decay, a deep crack or some other injury it will always die and lead to an eventual abscess. Once this happens, the only options are endo therapy or extraction of the tooth. If the dead infected tooth is left untreated, the abscess will always grow slowly destroying bone around the tip of the root and often times spread to neighboring teeth.
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Endo therapy is performed by creating a very small tunnel in the top of the tooth, using a series of very narrow nickel-titanium files to travel down the pulp space or root canals to remove the affected pulp tissue and then finally shaping, disinfecting and then filling and sealing the pulp space. Once it is filled, the tooth can be restored. Teeth that have undergone endo therapy almost always have to be restored with a crown. This is because once endo therapy has been done, the tooth is no longer receiving any internal circulation and will desiccate or dry out. This is similar to the difference between walking up to a tree and trying to bend one of its branches versus picking one up off the ground that has been there few days and bending it. Obviously, the one off the ground will snap and break much easier while the one on the tree will bend and flex. The tooth is similar. Endo treated teeth have a very high incidence of fracture when they are not protected by a crown.
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We have a board certified endodontic specialist on staff to perform very difficult root canals or to retreat poorly done root canals that have become reinfected. It is part of our mission to keep all of our patients' treatment one roof for the most convenience and continuity of care. In many cases, we can start the day with a badly infected broken tooth and a few hours later, the tooth is fully restored with a completed root canal therapy by a specialist and a ceramic crown all done in one visit and at an average fee.
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