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Our dental practice is dedicated to relieving your tooth pain and saving your tooth as painlessly as possible without worry or fear. Our office is specifically equipped and our staff trained to correctly diagnose the cause and source of your dental pain. After a thorough examination, and the use of pulp testing/digital/CT radiology imaging interpretation, we are able to present a diagnosis, treatment plan and prognosis of your case. If your tooth is unable to be saved or the overall long-term prognosis of the case is poor, we will let you know and suggest alternative treatment plans.
What exactly is a root canal? Is that where they take the “root” out?
A root canal is a treatment process where the center of the root of a tooth containing the pulp tissue is cleaned and shaped to a larger diameter and that space is filled with gutta percha which is a rubber-like seal. A simple analogy would be comparing the process to removing the center lead out of a pencil and replacing the center space with a filling material. The root(s) of a tooth is not actually removed, that would be when a tooth is “pulled” or extracted.
Why, then is the pulp removed? Can’t the tooth just be fixed with a new filling?
Usually when the pulp of the tooth is too inflamed, infected or necrotic (“dead”), placing a new filling or crown on the tooth will not change anything. The root canal process removes the inflamed, infected or necrotic pulp within the center of the root and when filled internally with gutta percha and a sealer, the tooth and the injured bone around the tooth’s root will heal and become comfortable again. At this point any needed filling material or crowns can be placed successfully.