Root Canals As Varied As Your Teeth

Types of Human TeethCan All Teeth Be Treated with Root Canals?

A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected or damaged tissue inside the tooth. The process is always similar; however, there are some variations in how we perform root canals on different types of teeth.

Molars: Molars are the large teeth in the back of the mouth used for chewing. They typically have multiple roots and canals, making the root canal procedure more complex and time-consuming. We take extra care in cleaning out all the canals to ensure that we remove all the infected tissue.

Bicuspids: Bicuspids are the teeth located between the molars and canines. They typically have two cusps and a single root, making the root canal procedure less complex than for molars. However, we will still need to clean the root canal and fill it to prevent re-infection.

Canines: Canines, also called cuspids, are the sharp teeth located at the corners of the mouth. They are important for biting and tearing food. Canines typically have a single root and one canal, making the procedure less complex than for molars and bicuspids.

Incisors: Incisors are the front teeth located in the middle of the upper and lower jaw. Used for biting and cutting food, they typically have a single root and one canal, making the procedure less complex than molars and bicuspids.

In conclusion, we perform root canals on all different types of teeth. The process is similar for all teeth, but the procedure may be more complex for molars due to the number of roots and canals they have. It is important to seek help if you suspect you need a root canal. Don’t wait any longer, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a skilled endodontist to get the proper diagnosis and treatment for your infected or painful tooth.

About Tom Massarat, DDS, MS

Tom Massarat DDS, MS is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Massarat received his Certificate in Endodontics from Northwestern University in 1992. He also received his Dental Degree and Advanced General Dentistry Degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Massarat is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), American Association of Endodontists (AAE), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS) and American Board of Endodontists (ABE). He is also an advisor for the Experdent and Summit Study Groups. He has lectured extensively on many aspect of endodontics.

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