Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy (root canal) is a procedure done in order to save a tooth. This is a treatment in which the injured or infected pulp tissue inside a tooth is replaced with a filling material.

Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:

1. The endodontist examines and x-rays the tooth, then administers a local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, the endodontist places a small protective sheet called a dental dam over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.

2. The endodontist makes an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to clean the pulp from the pulp chamber and to shape the space for filling.

3. After the canals are cleaned and free from infection the endodontist fills the root canals with a bio-compatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta percha. The gutta percha is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.

4. A temporary filling is usually placed to close the opening.

5. After the final visit with your endodontist, you must return to your general dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

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Dr. Gardner and Sara were very professional and kind during my procedure. I have had root canals from a previous dental office and was referred to Endodontic Associates by my current dentist. I was shown what was wrong on the x-ray, explained treatment and then asked if I wanted it the same day. I had the procedure done with no pain. Only the tooth that was being worked on was numbed. At previous office, always had my entire face, neck, eye, and ear numb. Procedure was done on Tuesday and am in no pain today. Thank you very much for a satisfying experience.

- Sharon H

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I have had several root canals and this was my best experience. Normally I am tense and nervous but I was not this time. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and she was telling me about her husband's visit with Dr DuHaime and how nice the doctor was and that her husband had a good experience. We laughed when I told her that I too was seeing the same doctor and I agreed with her.

- Linda R J

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Dr. Duhaime was very kind and made me feel very at ease. He did a great job, no pain at all. He took his time explaining everything he was doing. I would highly recommend him.

- Tammy R

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