Root Canal Therapy
Endodontic therapy is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of the tooth (nerve) which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future bacterial invasion. This set of procedures is commonly referred to as a "root canal." If the pulp becomes infected or injured, due to cavity or trauma, the tooth’s nerve may die. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth.
In the last ten years, there have been great innovations in the art and science of root canal therapy. Dr. Nilesh Salgar has ensured that he remains at the forefront of the most current concepts in order to optimally perform root canal treatments.
The root canal procedure is entirely painless when done properly. However for many people, the root canal remains a stereotypically fearsome dental operation. To be honest, while Dr. Salgar performs a root canal, more people fall asleep due to being in an extremely relaxed atmosphere than any other procedure.
Dr. Salgar performs most root canal procedures in one dental visit, lasting around 30 – 90 minutes. Root canal therapy has become more predictable and can be performed faster, thanks to advances in rotary instrumentation of teeth and more advanced root canal filling methods.
Dr. Salgar also possesses the newest technologies that allow more efficient, scientific measurements to be taken of the dimensions of the root canal that must be filled.
A properly restored tooth following root canal therapy yields long-term success rates near 97%.
The anatomy of the root canal system is indeed complex and varies in number, length, shape and size from patient to patient, tooth to tooth.
Anterior teeth usually have 1 root.
Premolars have 1 or 2 roots.
Molars typically have 3 or 4 roots.
Each of our teeth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp—which provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves—that extends down to the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and, often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth.
During the procedure, a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored inlay/onlay or crown.