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Pet Pics! A little glimpse of some of our loved ones…

Furry or “snappy”…near or far…we love the animals we get to share time with!

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Mary’s friend, Snappy!

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Joanne’s baby, Finn!

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Heidi’s main man, Tank!

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Awww such love….

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I don’t have a pet of my own, but I get to share time with 2 great dogs…this is my roommate’s dog, Mona. She’s 15 years young and a total sweetheart.

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This is Stella…she’s my west coast pup. She is a happy cattle dog that loves to fetch. :)

Jon's...unique family...hahaha!

  Jon’s…unique family…hahaha!

 

 

Jon's furry family member, Nelly.

Jon’s furry family member, Nelly.

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“Meeting the staff so I’m ready to soothe and comfort clients during dental exams! Thanks to Dr. Jon Gotterer and his excellent staff for welcoming Murray and anxious patients to the dental practice.”

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Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Has your dentist or endodontist told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment. Learn how root canal treatment can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile.

To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

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Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

 

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?

rootcanal2During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.

More information about this and other dental procedures can be found on the site for the American Association of Endodontists.

Click here to visit their webpage.

We like to educate our patients and keep them informed. If you have any questions about treatment, we are always happy to answer your questions.

 

 

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