Root Canal (endodontic) therapy treats disorders of the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. In the past, a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed. However in 95% of these cases today, this is no longer true. Dr. Wellenreiter believes in saving teeth and he will make every effort to save yours. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp. The diseased pulp is then carefully removed using advanced technology Nickel-Titanium rotary files. The Root Canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped. Then the Root Canal and pulp chamber are permanently filled and sealed using a warmed rubber material called gutta percha. Finally, the tooth
is fully restored to chewing function, most often with a porcelain crown. The root canal procedure is usually completed in one visit, but if a large amount of infection is present, two visits may be required.