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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, it may be helpful to visit the links below for FAQ's asked by our patients. If your question is not answered below, please do not hesitate to call our office. We will be happy to assist you.

Why do I have bad breath?
Are white fillings as good as silver?
Caps, crowns, inlays, onlays... What's the difference?
What is gum disease?
What is a root canal?

Root canal therapy is a way to save an infected tooth. It's the only alternative to taking out the tooth. To be more specific, it's necessary to understand the structure of a tooth.

Every tooth has a hollow space inside. That space runs inside the tooth (the chamber) along its length right to the tip of the root (the canal). Inside the space is soft tissue (nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue) called the pulp, but often referred to as "the nerve". This tissue has a very limited ability to heal. When injured, either from trauma or from infection, the pulp usually dies. Tooth decay is a bacterial infection of the tooth, and when the decay gets close to the pulp, bacteria can enter the pulp chamber and infect the tissue.

Root canal therapy cleans that space, disinfects it, and fills it with a specific material used only in root canals. Following root canal therapy, as long as the tooth is properly restored, the tooth should last as long as any other tooth in the mouth.

Does tooth whitening work?
What can my dentist do about cracked, worn, discolored or broken teeth?
What is porcelain veneers?