Scranton Dental Center | 444 Orchard Street, Scranton, PA 18503 | 570-342-7868

Charlie Puza

Root Canal

General Dentistry: Endodontics

Root Canal Therapy


hen tooth decay goes untreated for a long period of time it can gradually spread into the pulp of your tooth, which contains the nerves, veins, and arteries of the tooth. If the decay is still left untreated at this point an abscess can form, breaking down jawbone and allowing the infection to spread to other parts of your body.

Symptoms of such a problem include:

  • Pain in your tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Tenderness to pressure and touch
  • Swelling
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth

We prefer to do everything possible to save a tooth, rather than extract it, for the benefit of your oral health. Fortunately in most cases we are able to do so with a root canal treatment on the tooth. During this treatment first local anesthetic is applied to make this a painless procedure, a small hole is drilled in the crown of the tooth and the infected pulp is cleaned out from the pulp chamber. The tooth is then filled with a filling material designed to support the tooth until you are fitted for a crown to permanently protect the tooth.