Endodontics Services

Root Canals

Let’s take a moment to go over what happens when you find out you need a root canal.

Bacteria has infiltrated the nerve of your tooth, and has caused it to become infected.

The dentist then prepares an opening large enough to reach the nerve so it can be removed.

After the canals are thoroughly irrigated and cleansed the tooth is sealed with a tooth colored (composite resin) restoration.

Your final restoration should be a full crown to restore structural integrity.

Root Canals

Click on the image to see how the infection occurs deep below the surface (top left)

How the infection is cleared up (top right)

How support is added inside the tooth’s structure for strength (bottom middle)

And the completed work with the tooth good as new (bottom right)

root canal chart

Treatment of facial swelling

Deep infections at the root nerves of the teeth can produce:

  • Facial and sinus swelling
  • Head aches and migraines
  • Neck tension and aches
  • Fever and swollen glands
  • Vision problems
  • Jaw discomfort
  • Pushing or movement of teeth

Contact us for evaluation and treatments.

Re-treatment of failed root canals

If not caught in time or properly treated, once the Bacteria takes hold at the roots it can spread to other areas or teeth and come back to the same tooth. If the infection is that strong or deeply situated, a re-treatment to the root canal must be performed.

Previous work must be removed to get at the source of the infection and get rid of the bacteria with stronger methods.

This is not a fun afternoon.

When a root canal fails, Doctor Cregar goes to work and makes sure all signs of infection and bacteria have been removed. Depending on your health or immune system follow ups may be necessary to check if the infection is something more serious.

Abscess (Endodontic & Periodontic)

When you get an infection in your mouth there is going to be unpleasantness.

Abscesses to the teeth and gums can become serious (as in Root Canal) if not treated as soon as possible.

Abscesses to the soft tissue, throat, cheeks, tongue are a sign of something serious and need to be looked at immediately.

Basically, if you have an Abscess in your mouth, that’s not normal so don’t dismiss it or wait to see if it gets better.

Traumatic Avulsions

Sounds bad but what is it?

Here’s an example; you’re walking down the street, trip on the curb, fall and knock a tooth out on the pavement. That is a traumatic avulsion.

Here’s the first thing you need to do; do not wipe off the tooth. Place the tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gums. If milk is available place the tooth in a small container of milk. Now come in to the dentist a.s.a.p. Time is a factor because the tooth is still alive and there is a chance it can be saved.

Call us immediately, this is a dental emergency and cannot wait.

Restoration of Endodontically treated teeth

A Root Canal needs to remove tooth structure in order to expose the nerve tissue. This weakens the tooth.

Restoring endodontically treated teeth consists of

  • composite resin buildups
  • Cast post and cores
  • Full crowns (caps)

Endodontically treated teeth are brittle and will break or fracture necessitating their removal if they are not properly restored.