What happens during endodontic treatment?

The initial situation may be a deep caries in the crown of a tooth. An infected root-canal system , as well as an inflammation in the bone may result. After clinical and radiographic examination, a local anesthetic is administered and the tooth is then isolated with a rubber dam.

After caries removal an access to the root-canal orifice is created. Using very fine and flexible instruments as well as special irrigating solutions, the root-canal system is cleaned and shaped meticulously.

The entire root-canal system is now completely filled (“obturated”) with gutta-percha (a form of natural rubber) and sealed with adhesive cement. The tooth is sealed with a build-up filling so that subsequent restorative treatment can take place.

After root-canal treatment the bone needs about 6-12 months to heal. In the majority of cases no further problems can be identified.

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