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what is a root canal filling made up of?

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Dr. Aparna Subramanian
Dentistry 19 years experience
Gutta percha: Usually gutta percha is used for endodontic treatment. The access can be filled with glass ionomer or composite.
Dr. Kini Tran
Dr. Kini Tran answered
Dentistry 18 years experience
Isonadra gutta: It is a tree sap. Isonandra gutta, a handsome tree native to borneo, java, and sumatra, is tapped to release a milky, rubbery sap that is concentrated to form the wondrous material known as gutta-percha. It is used for its soft property when heated which allows it to be stuffed into small spaces.
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
Dentistry 35 years experience
Root canal filling: Root canal filling consists of a sealer with either gutta percha or a synthetic cone within it. Sealers vary in what they are made from some being calcium hydroxide based, others zoe and some resin.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Gutta percha: Gutta percha has been the standard of care for a very long time. Now a new synthetic material (resilon) is being marketed as a better material due to its superior properties. The gold standard remains unchanged, but, resilon is showing promise as an alternative. Time will tell which is the superior material.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

My temp unfinished root canal filling came out? Can I wait till visit?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
No...: Call dentist. Too much food and bacteria can be packed into the tooth and cause a much bigger problem than u started with.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are 42.40 for filling, root canal, or extraction?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
D-code: If that is the code that you want to know what it is for it actually is for periodontic scalling and root planning...Deep cleaning with exposing the bone with a flap. Otherwise not sure what you are asking.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How does a root canal differ from a filling?

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 43 years experience
Nerve involved: A filling in a tooth does just that...It replaces the part of the tooth lost by decay or that the dentist removed. Hopeful, there is no nerve involvement. Root canal is the removal of the nerve from the tooth because it is diseased or the space is needed to restore a tooth to usefulness. Also...Root canals are a lot more expensive.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between a root canal and a filling?

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Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
Depth into tooth: A filling denotes a procedure where decayed tooth structure is removed and the space is then filled with a composite or amalgam . As long as the damage does not extend past- both the outer enamel and inner dentin- you are fine. Once the pulp tissue has been damged, it (nerve tissue) needs to be removed. Hence , the need for a root canal filling, as opposed to merely a tooth filling.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How to know when do you need a filling and when do you need a root canal?

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Dr. William Elza
Dentistry 12 years experience
Root canal vs fillin: A filling is done when bacteria has caused a cavity in a tooth. If the cavity penetrates deep enough into the tooth an infection can occur causing pain and swelling. This is an infection of the root canal system. In the latter case you'll need a root canal. If your dentist tells you that you have a cavity, don't wait, it can and will progress to needing a root canal over time.

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