What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve? The root canal is cleaned and enlarged with a series of files (Figure 1). Throughout this process, the canal is flushed with an antiseptic to sterilize the canal. Next the canal is dried and filled with a cement and inert material called gutta percha (Figure 2). Finally, the fracture site and access site(s) are filled with restorative material to prevent recontamination of the root canal system.
This procedure is performed under a general anesthetic with special attention to patient monitoring. It is typically a one step procedure and the pet returns home that afternoon.
What Is the
Success Rate of Root Canal Therapy? Studies indicate that root
What Are the Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment? The only alternative is to extract the tooth. This requires oral surgery to create a gingival flap to allow the removal of supporting bone. Then the gingival flap is elevated and released to allow it to be sutured over the extraction site.
Will the Tooth Need a Crown or Cap After the Treatment? The need for a crown depends on the pet's lifestyle. Many of our pets as well as working dogs (police, therapy, & hunting dogs) tend to use their teeth more aggressively in daily forceful chewing or the retrieving of their balls and toys. These pets benefit from the protection and strength a metal crown offers.
Harry broke a tooth, had a root canal procedure, and this metal crown will protect his lower canine tooth.
For more information please refer to the Restoration/Crown section of our website.