John M. Sullivan, DMD, MS
Board Certified Endodontist

Thomas P. Currie, DMD, MS
Board Certified Endodontist

Alexander R. McClure, DMD
Board Certified Endodontist


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Microscopic Root Canal Therapy

This is the most common endodontic treatment. The pulp tissue may become diseased from decay, a fracture (please add hyperlink), or trauma. When the pulp of the tooth has become diseased, the goal of the root canal treatment is to remove the diseased tissue from within the tooth. This is done with a chemomechanical preparation. Once the diseased tissue is removed, a root canal filling is placed to seal the inside of the tooth to maintain a healthy, disease-free tooth. A core buildup and crown are then placed in most cases.

Comparison of infected vs inflamed pulp tissueThis is an imaging showing two different scenarios needing endodontic treatment – infection or inflammation.

Diagram of access opening and pulp channel for root canalsThis is an image showing the tooth following chemomechanical removal of the infected or irritated pulp tissue.

Tooth diagram showing temporary filling and adhesive cementThis is an image showing the tooth following the endodontic procedure. The temporary filling is placed to allow your dentist to place the buildup in preparation for the crown.

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