Root Canal Therapy
Root canals do not have to be scary or painful. With the help of gentle endodontics from Matthew A. Turner DDS, PC, you can find relief from an infected tooth. The procedure can often eliminate the need for extraction and save your smile.View transcript
Most people when they hear the word endodontics, don't know what it is. But everybody's heard of a root canal. And generally, when I mention the words root canal, the hair stands up on the back of their neck. And everybody's heard about the root canal. I always say nobody talks about the good ones. They only talk about the bad ones. Basically, what it is, is when a tooth is fractured or there is decay or a cavity that gets down into the pulp of the tooth, we have to go in and clean out that tissue. We get access to the area inside the tooth and we simply remove that tissue. And you save your tooth. Once the tissue is all cleaned out, then we put a permanent sealer that goes into the root of the tooth, and then we put a crown on it. The great majority of them, we do here. I enjoy endodontics. To be able to get someone out of pain and save their tooth at the same time. Once you perform an endodontic procedure, the tooth is still there. It still has its roots and it's still in the bone. So the benefits of a root canal simply are you save your tooth. You've only got so many teeth. Talk to someone without very many or no teeth at all. They help us with chewing, our digestion, our nutrition, stimulation of the bones of our head. We've all seen the postcard of somebody's great-great-grandpa, and he can touch his chin up on his nose because without teeth your bone dissolves. So, you know, we do root canals and the subsequent restoration simply to save teeth for many, many reasons.