Root canal therapy refers to the treatment and care of the infected pulp (center) in a tooth. There are forms of restoration available following the root canal therapy, including dental crowns and fillings. If you have deep decay that invades the pulp of the tooth, or a fracture involving the nerve of the tooth, root canal treatment will be required to save the tooth.
Dr. Roger Druckman was trained in the Army by the root canal specialist on base, and performed 300 root canal procedures. Today, he still performs most root canal treatment himself. He also uses a high-tech device that can electronically measure the length of the root canal. Therefore, the root canal is completely treated without missing the tip of the root and the filling material will completely fill the root to the very tip. Another high-tech device that Dr. Roger Druckman uses is the warm gutta percha technique. When the gutta percha is warm, it will be able to fill accessory canals that are not able to be instrumented when treating the main canal. In this way, even if an accessory canal does not show on the X-ray, the warm gutta percha technique can fill it and make it noticeable on the X-ray of the finished root canal.
Following the root canal, a patient is advised to get a post, core, and crown. A post is a stainless-steel rod that reaches from the crown into the root of the tooth and reinforces the crown to the root so that when the patient is chewing, the crown will not break off at the gum line. The core represents the portion of the tooth lost to decay or fracture. The crown covers the entire tooth and provides the functional integrity required for aesthetics and chewing.
Please call 303-691-2860 for more information on about root canals in Denver, Colorado, and to organize an appointment with our dentist.