Written by: on November 24, 2014 @ 10:25 am

tooth and rootsYour teeth can often become decayed when acid wears a hole in your enamel. Once a cavity appears, the decay will continue until it is stopped, or until it reaches the interior of your tooth, then through the root to the gums and jaw. If the decay does reach the nerves of your tooth, then root canal treatment can become necessary. We can access your root canal, remove the infected material, and fill it to protect the structure. Root canal therapy can appear scary, but technological improvements have made it safer and faster than ever.

Interesting Tidbits About Root Canal Therapy

  • Endodontics is the study concerned with the dental pulp (inner chamber of the tooth), including treatment options for this area, like root canal therapy. The word has a Greek origin, with “endo” meaning inside, and “odont” meaning tooth.
  • Rudimentary endodontics began in the 17th century with Charles Allen, who wrote about dental transplants.
  • In the early 1900’s, dentists came to believe that teeth without pulp could endanger your oral health, and therefore extraction was the best option for teeth that needed root canal treatment. This idea remained popular for about 40 years, until research proved the belief was not true. Today, dentists typically prefer to save the tooth in as many cases as possible, as losing a tooth can lead to jaw bone deterioration that causes more tooth loss in the future.
  • The American Association of Endodontists was founded in 1943, 20 years before their specialty was recognized by the American Dental Association.
  • The material the dentist uses to fill your teeth during a root canal is called gutta-percha.
  • In rare instances, root canal treatment does not work properly, and we may have to remove the material to re-clean the tooth, and then replace the seal and filling. This can happen when the tooth doesn’t heal properly, or from complications with the initial treatment.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights.

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