Dr. Jay J.Kopf

What is a Root Canal or Endodontic Treatment?

The term Root canal is commonly known as an endodontic treatment. 

Root canal

What happens during root canal therapy?

This type of dental procedure is intended to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal and help avoid reinfection of the tooth. The ultimate outcome is to save the natural tooth. During a root canal procedure, the inflamed, or infected tissue known as the pulp, is removed and the inside of the tooth and root are carefully cleansed and disinfected. The root and the interior of the tooth is then sealed and filled with a special plastic like material to avoid reinfection.

If you need a root canal, there is no need to worry. Root Canal therapy is very common, millions of teeth are saved every year with root canal procedures.
The outside of your tooth is covered with white enamel, which is one of the hardest substances in the human body. Below the enamel there is a hard layer of tissue called dentin.

Developed teeth

In how many terms does the root canal end?

 Just beneath the dentin there is soft tissue called pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development.

Once your teeth are fully developed, teeth can survive without the pulp. This occurs because the surrounding tissues can provide nourishment for the teeth instead of the pulp.

Today, root canals are typically completed in only one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal situation. The procedure itself is relatively painless, similar to getting a filling, and is extremely effective. Recovery from a root canal is quick, you will be chewing pain-free in no time.

Natural feel

Benefits of saving your natural teeth with a root canal:

  • Natural look and feel
  • Get out of pain fast
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear
  • No need for additional appointments
  • No need to prep adjacent teeth
  • Less expensive than dental implants

If you need a root canal, please call our office to schedule a consult.