Root Canal Specialists in Wallingford, PA
(610) 566-6400

200 S Providence Rd. Wallingford , PA 19086 

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Dr. Gary L. Huntington, DDS

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a very common procedure. According to the AAE (American Association of Endodontists) over 14 million root Canal procedures are done every year. Usually when a root canal treatment is needed it is the only alternative to extraction.



A tooth is comprised of enamel, dentin and pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the roots of a tooth. It contains blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue and the cells that form the hard dentin during tooth development. When the soft tissue inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected it is removed either by extracting the tooth or by selectively removing the pulp tissue during endodontic treatment. The inflammation or infection of the pulp can be caused by deep decay, large restorations which are close to the pulp, a crack in the tooth or a traumatic injury. Signs that there is pulp damage include prolonged sensitivity to heat and cold, difficulty biting on a tooth, or swelling and tenderness in the surrounding gum tissue.

  Generally a root canal procedure is done in one or two visits and Involves these steps:

1) Examination and x-ray of the tooth. If a root canal is needed the tooth is numbed using local anesthetic. A dental dam is placed to isolate the tooth and keep it dry during the procedure.

2) An opening is made in the crown of the tooth until the pulp chamber is located. From there very small endodontic files are used to remove the pulp from the canals.

3) After the root canal spaces are cleaned and shaped the canals are filled with a filling material.  Most often this material is gutta percha which is derived from the gutta tree (a natural rubber material).  The gutta percha is used in conjunction with cement to seal the canal spaces  completely.  The coronal opening is then filled with a temporary filling .
4) Once the root canal is completed you must return to your dentist to get the tooth permanently restored.  


Thank you so much!
My tooth hurt so bad I could not even concentrate at work and I was beginning to get in trouble. One visit with you and Im 100% again! I cant thank you enough!
Susie R - Wallingford. PA
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