To determine whether root canal treatment is indicated, Dr. Markham will take digital x-rays of the problematic tooth. This will help her evaluate the extent of damage. If treatment is recommended, she will then administer local anesthesia with our Comfort Control™ Syringe. This advanced technology delivers the numbing medications at an extremely slow rate to make your experience more stress-free and comfortable. Next, Dr. Markham will access the internal structure of the tooth, and remove the infected pulp, vessels, and tissues. Once this is complete, she will thoroughly disinfect the surfaces to eliminate bacteria. After this step, Dr. Markham may place medication inside the tooth to calm it and allow it to heal. If this is necessary, a temporary filling will be placed, and the rest of the procedure will be performed during a second visit. However, unless the infection is extremely severe, most of our patients are able to receive all of their treatment in a single appointment.
Once the tooth is ready, Dr. Markham will fill the root canals with a flexible, rubbery dental material known as gutta percha. She will then seal the tooth with a filling. In many cases, a dental crown is also necessary to restore full strength and function to the tooth. If a crown is required, qualifying patients can receive same-day crowns with our CAD/CAM technology.