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Maria Bryan, DDS Root Canal Therapy Endodontics Kingsport TN and Greeneville Tennessee
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High-Tech Root Canal Therapy

Healthy Tooth The way root canal therapy is performed today is vastly different than those done a few years ago, not to mention a decade ago. The potential level for quality care has dramatically increased. It is a thing of the past to do root canals in five to six appointments, or by "touch or feel" because we could not see. Root canals can be done without discomfort, faster, and more accurately due to the new technology available.

Root Canal Therapy

Decayed ToothRoot Canal Therapy is a dental procedure, performed with local anesthetic, which involves the removal of the nerve inside of the tooth because it has become irreversibly damaged or infected. This is usually due to the entry of bacteria into the centermost part of the tooth called the dental pulp (nerve). ROOT CANAL is a commonly used term for endodontic therapy or root canal therapy. This procedure involves the removal of the entire nerve system, as well as cleaning, shaping and filling of the canal system with gutta percha and a dental sealer. The procedure enables you to keep your natural tooth, which is preferable to any type of replacement. Following root canal therapy, you then return to your dentist to have your tooth fully restored.

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What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?

Root Canal Therapy


Step one:

After the tooth is "numbed", a Small opening is made into the pulp chamber. The canals are located and measured, so they can be cleansed and shaped using a series of hand files and engine-driven instruments.

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Temporary Filling


Step two:

The canals are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and the opening is sealed with sterile cotton pellets and a temporary filling.

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CrownStep three:

The tooth is restored by your dentist within a couple of weeks. Most often, a crown is placed in order to protect the tooth, and if the tooth lacks sufficient tooth structure to hold the core build-up, a post may be placed inside. Any areas of infection around the roots will begin to heal.


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Post-Treatment Instructions

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