When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Anchorage dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.

Excellence In Dentistry: (907) 349-0022

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build up and crown.

At Excellence In Dentistry, we fabricate strong, natural-looking crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to an Anchorage dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

I am dentist Dr. Kirk Johnson DDS of Excellence In Dentistry. I have been practicing dentistry since 1987. During that time I have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Excellence In Dentistry in Anchorage has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. I can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved. Is it time for a thorough dental exam? Call our office at (907) 349-0022.

Call Excellence In Dentistry immediately if one of your teeth is screaming for attention!