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Root Canal Therapy


Woman with a toothache because of a root canal
A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure that can save a tooth that is painful or infected, and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become painful or infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.

In order to save the tooth, the pulp (nerve and blood supply), bacteria, and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is sealed with an inert material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, getting a crown is usually recommended, because the tooth may be more likely to break.

Some patients believe that removing a problematic tooth is the best (and most economical) solution. Extracting, or pulling a tooth, could ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth, as well as causing loss of bone around the extraction site.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy


•  Decay has reached the tooth's pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
•  Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
•  Injury or trauma to the tooth
•  Cracked tooth
•  Root resorption

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?


A root canal procedure requires one or more appointments and can be performed by Noreen Goldwire, DDS. While the tooth is numb, a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it isolated from the other teeth. Your dentist will then create a hole at the top of the tooth, and clean the infected pulp from inside the tooth. Medicine will be applied to remove any bacteria; then either a filling or a temporary crown will be placed.

At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and complete root canal therapy. Noreen Goldwire, DDS will work closely with our endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown after your root canal is completed. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.
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