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When the crown portion of a tooth is severely decayed but the root is sufficiently intact, that tooth can often be restored with a root canal procedure.
As long as there is sufficient tooth material remaining to anchor the affected tooth, the damaged tooth can be repaired and the top, or crown portion, fitted with a natural looking porcelain crown to make your smile look as good as new.
Biocalex / Endocal
The first step to a root canal procedure is to clear away any decaying material and prepare the surface of the tooth. Traditionally, this has been done by removing the diseased pulp of the tooth, chemically sealing the area to prevent reinfection and then packing it with a cement-like material to strengthen and reinforce the tooth.
However, recent developments in biological endodontics (root canal therapy) include a new, advanced dental material, Biocalex (also marketed as Endocal), which allows us to safely and naturally seal and fill the root canal of the tooth, creating a sturdy and biologically sound foundation for the new porcelain crown.
See our Biocalex page for further information about this exciting new development.
For more information or to book an appointment at our Tsawwassen, Delta BC dental practice please contact us today.