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Gutta Percha: What Is It And When Is It Used

Posted on 5/15/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
Gutta Percha: What Is It And When Is It Used
Although a root canal treatment is one of the commonest dental surgeries, many people who undergo that treatment don't know the names of the substances used in it. One of these substances is gutta percha.

What is Gutta Percha

When a tooth becomes badly damaged or infected, there are only two ways to treat it: extraction or root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is the only way you can save your tooth. The procedure involves cleaning out decay, eliminating the infection, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Gutta percha is the material that is used to fill a tooth once it has been cleaned.
Gutta percha is a type of thermoplastic filling that is heated and pressed into the tooth canal. It is then sealed with adhesive cement. The material is obtained from several varieties of Malaysian trees and is used as permanent filling in root canal procedures.
The substance was once believed to have side effects, similar to allergies caused by natural rubber latex, since the two have similar composition. However, various research studies and no complaints from patients have proven that this is not the case and gutta percha does not cause allergic reactions.

Limitations of Gutta Percha

Because of its superior filling and sealing capabilities, the use of gutta percha in root canal treatments is preferred over any other type of material. However, it has a few limitations:
[[[DIVSTYLE:margin-left:25px|[[[BulletList:A study show that gutta percha does not bind with canal walls when a quartz fiver post is used during a root canal restoration. Root canals filled with a different substance were a more effective barrier against contamination and more resistant to root fractures.

To prevent the need for root canal, you should exercise good oral hygiene and not miss dental appointments at Crossroads Family Dental. However, if your tooth does get an infection, Dr. Nicholas Berns and can take care of it for you. To schedule a visit, call us at (219) 865-4095 today.
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