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Philadelphia Dentist | Philadelphia dental care | PA | Root Canal

Robert S. Gurmankin, DMD

(215) 624-4415

Root Canal
AGD Member
 

What is a root canal?

If your tooth's nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, or damaged by trauma, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth.

Inside the hard outer shell of each tooth is a specialized area called  the pulp or nerve chamber. The pulp chamber contains a system of  blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves, the pulp, which enter  from the bone through the root canals. This system provides nourishment for the cells within the tooth.

Deep tooth decay or other injury can cause damage to or infection of the tooth pulp. In a root canal or endodontic treatment, we remove the damaged or infected pulp and replace it with a special filler which helps maintain the remaining tooth structure.

Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:  Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting, sensitivity to hot and cold (especially if it lingers), severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess  (infection) in the bone.

   

    I do root canal on anterior teeth and bicuspids; these teeth have one or two nerve canals.  Molar teeth have three, and often, four nerve canals.  Molars that need root canal are referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) as these teeth are more complicated to treat.

 
 
Philadelphia Dentist. Dr. Robert Gurmankin provides Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns to the following locations: Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs. Mayfair Dentist providing excellent dentistry including Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Dental Implants, Dentures, Teeth Whitening, Dental Emergency, Dental Crowns in Philadelphia, Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia, Holmesburg, Suburbs, Pennsylvania. Updated in 2014.
 

 

Updated in 2016.