Root Canals in Erie, PA

Root canals are the tiny pathways that wind their way from beneath the surface of a tooth downward to the tip of the root. Unfortunately, infection can follow the same route, until it arrives within a tooth's inner pulp chamber. The pulp is an assemblage of soft tissues including blood vessels and nerves that supply a tooth with sensation and circulation. Infected pulp used to spell the beginning of the end for a tooth, but thanks to the development of root canal therapy, today's dentists can halt the infection in its tracks and restore the tooth to its original function. 

Root Canal Process

Most root canal patients experience little or no discomfort or pain, and they enjoy a restored tooth that can last nearly as long as its healthy original.

  1. The dentist drills a hole into the affected tooth's inner chamber.
  2. The diseased tissue is extracted, the pulp chamber is fully cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals are reshaped.
  3. Elastic material and medication is pumped into the cleaned-out chamber and canals to fill the void and prevent infection.
  4. If a crown is required to replace the compromised tooth structure, a temporary filling may be applied until it can be made. 


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