The Root Canal Procedure

In this video, Dr. Rameek McNair outlines the steps of a root canal, emphasizing how it saves compromised teeth, prevents the need for extraction, and restores functionality.

A root canal procedure is an essential treatment for saving a tooth that has been compromised by decay or infection. Here’s a straightforward breakdown of how the procedure is performed:

1. Removing Decay: The first step involves removing all decay from the tooth. This step is crucial to prevent further deterioration and to prepare the tooth for the subsequent stages of the procedure.

2. Cleaning the Canal: Once the decay is removed, the next step is to clean out the canal of the root of the tooth. This involves removing the infected or inflamed pulp tissue and any debris within the root canal.

3. Flushing and Drying*: After thoroughly cleaning the canal, it is flushed with a disinfectant solution to ensure all remaining bacteria are eliminated. The canal is then dried to prepare for the filling.

4. Filling the Canal: The cleaned and dried canal is filled with a thermoplastic material, often gutta-percha. This material is heated and then compressed into the canal, where it conforms to the shape and contours of the root canal. This filling seals the canal, preventing bacteria from re-entering and causing further infection.

5. Restoring the Tooth: With the root canal complete, the next step is to rebuild the body of the tooth if necessary. This might involve placing a filling to restore the structure lost to decay or the root canal procedure.

6. Placing a Crown: Finally, a crown is often placed over the tooth to restore its shape, appearance, and function. The crown also protects the tooth from future damage or decay.

This comprehensive approach not only treats the immediate problem of infection but also restores the tooth’s functionality and appearance, preventing the need for an extraction and maintaining your natural smile.

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Dr. Robert Harvey & Dr. Rameek McNair

At Aspire Dental Group, our experience, unrivaled technology, and caring service provide a comforting experience to our patients that is hard to find in other dental offices. Dr. Robert Harvey and Dr. Rameek Mcnair combined have over 45 years of experience in dentistry. Our goal is to always deliver extraordinary care to every patient. We will go the extra mile for you 6 days a week!

Very few dental offices around the country have an in-house crown and bridge laboratory. This means that Aspire Dental Group has a full-time ceramist that allows us full control over the fit between our lab products and your existing teeth. You can count on not only a more streamlined and faster production schedule, but overall savings for our patients who utilize dental components built by the lab. Our highly skilled ceramist will craft custom dental restorations that are perfect for your teeth, ensuring you a smile that you will love.

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