Endodontics is a dental specialty focused specifically on the dental pulp of teeth, often referred to as ‘the nerve’ and the roots that surround them. Highly experienced endodontists such as Dr. Sadiq are rigorously trained to be able to complete a variety of endodontic procedures.
Endodontic treatment can usually be performed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:
- The endodontist examines and takes a radiograph of the tooth using x-rays, then administers local anesthetic. After the tooth is numb, Dr. Sadiq 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.
- Dr. Sadiq will make an opening in the crown of the tooth. Very small instruments are used to remove the affected pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals and to clean and shape the space for filling.
- After space is cleaned and shaped, Dr. Sadiq fills the root canals with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material. The material is placed with an adhesive cement to assure complete sealing of the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening. The temporary filling will be removed by your dentist before the tooth is restored.
- After the final visit at Cumberland Valley Endodontics, you will be instructed to return to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.