Root Canals

root canal1Have you been advised to have a root canal? Dr. DeFinnis will be happy to offer a second opinion. In some cases, though, a root canal is a conservative option that prevents having to extract an internally infected tooth. Usually, internal infection is accompanied by an acute toothache.

Your tooth has multiple layers. The white outer portion is the enamel – the second hardest naturally occurring substance on our planet, next to diamonds. Beneath enamel is a soft, sensitive layer called dentin. And running through the center of the tooth, in a canal, is the pulp. A tooth’s pulp contains its nerve. The canal of a tooth is protected from bacteria by the enamel and dentin. However, a deep cavity, chip, or fracture can extend into the canal, which allows bacteria to enter the tooth’s canal and affect the nerve. Ultimately, this situation will kill a tooth.

Caught at the perfect time, an internally infected tooth may be saved with root canal therapy. The procedure involves removing the infected pulp and replacing it with a manmade material, then crowning the tooth. Dr. DeFinnis offers many types of anesthesia and sedation to keep you completely comfortable throughout root canal therapy.