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"Debit or credit?" "Buy or rent?" "Paper or plastic?"  Decisions, decisions. It's great to have more than one good option, but it can also provoke a lot of thought in making the right choice. Here's another decision you may one day have to face: "Save my tooth or replace it?"

It's hard to pass up replacing a tooth causing you misery, especially when the alternative is a functional and attractive dental implant. But before you do, consider this important message the American Association of Endodontists relay during Save Your Tooth Month in May: Before you part with a tooth, consider saving it as the best option for your oral health.

Even an implant, the closest dental prosthetic we now have to a real tooth, doesn't have all the advantages of the original. That's because your teeth, gums and supporting bone all make up an integrated oral system: Each component supports the other in dental function, and they all work together to fight disease.

Now, there are situations where a tooth is simply beyond help, and thus replacing it with an implant is the better course of action. But if a tooth isn't quite to that point, making the effort to preserve it is worth it for your long-term health.

A typical tooth in peril is one with advanced tooth decay. Decay begins when acid softens tooth enamel and creates a cavity. At this stage, we can often fill it with a tooth-colored filling. But if it isn't caught early, the decay can advance into the tooth's interior pulp, well below the enamel and dentin layers.

This is where things get dicey. As decay infects the pulp, it can move on through the root canals to infect the underlying bone. If this happens, you're well on your way to losing the tooth. But even if the pulp and root canals have become infected, we may still be able to save the tooth with root canal therapy.

Here's how it works: We first drill a tiny access hole into the infected tooth. Using special instruments, we remove all of the infected tissue from within the pulp chamber and root canals. After a bit of canal reshaping, we fill the now empty spaces with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. After it sets, it protects the tooth from any more infection.

Contrary to what you might think, root canals aren't painful, as your tooth and the surrounding tissue are completely anesthetized. In fact, if your tooth has been hurting, a root canal will stop the pain. Better yet, it could save a tooth that would otherwise be lost—a satisfying outcome to a wise decision.

If you would like more information about tooth decay treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Sirisha Pulapaka, DDS
February 24, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

We get to the root of your dental problem with a root canal.

According to the American Association of Endodontists, about 15 million root canals are performed each year. Despite how often this dental procedure is performed, there is still a lot of misinformation out there. Our Milwaukee, WI, dentist Dr. Sirisha Pulapaka of Art of Dentistry wants you to know exactly what to expect when it comes to getting dental procedures and care from our practice.

Why do I need a root canal?

An infection that occurs within the tooth and the root canals can happen for a variety of reasons. The basic idea is that the bacteria can penetrate the hard outer layers of the tooth to get inside where the dental pulp lies. If the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal is necessary to remove the infected pulp. Reasons for this infection include,

  • A deep, extensive cavity
  • A fractured, cracked, or damaged tooth
  • A displaced or dislodged tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a single tooth, which can weaken the tooth over time

You may be surprised to hear that cavities are actually one of the most common reasons for a root canal. This is why you must be visiting our Milwaukee, WI, family dentist every six months for cleanings and checkups so we can detect cavities early before they allow bacteria to get inside the tooth.

What are the signs that I might need a root canal?

It is possible that you could need a root canal but not know it. Some people don’t experience any symptoms, which is another reason why routine dental checkups are so critical. Of course, some common signs and symptoms that you might need a root canal include,

  • Severe dental pain
  • Pain that gets worse with pressure or chewing
  • Sudden prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Darkening or greying of a tooth
  • Swollen gums around the tooth
  • A bump on the gums surrounding the affected area (known as an abscess)

Our Milwaukee, WI, dentist Dr. Pulapaka and the team at Art of Dentistry are proud to provide knowledgeable, friendly, and affordable dentistry to those living in and around Butler, Brookfield, and Wauwatosa, WI. If you are dealing with signs that you may need a root canal, call us right away at (414) 445-3670.

By Paul Scholl, DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: root canal   tooth pain  

ToothachePreventing plaque and tooth decay are essential to oral health care. In cases where decay has overtaken a toot, however, root canals are a saving grace. Your Milwaukee, WI, dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl, uses root canal procedures to relieve pain and help your teeth regain their health once more!

Root Canal Basics—Causes and Procedure

One of the main reasons people end up needing a root canal is because of poor oral hygiene. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once, then you will suffer from plaque and tartar building up.

A tooth is composed of several layers. In order, they are,

  1. Enamel: The outermost layer—the white part of the tooth and also the strongest
  2. Dentin: Right under the enamel, it is yellowish and a bit softer
  3. Pulp: Located in the center of the tooth, it consists of blood vessels and nerve
  4. Cementum: The last layer, which anchors the whole tooth to the jawbone.

When a cavity is deep enough to infiltrate the enamel and through the dentin, it reaches the nerve-rich layer of pulp, causing acute pain. If this occurs, your Milwaukee dentist will need to perform a root canal. This procedure entails removing the pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the canal from any remaining bacteria, and finally sealing the canal to prevent any bacteria from entering.

Root Canal Prevention

In order to properly care for your teeth and avoid procedures like a root canal or dental implants, you should do the following:

  • Avoid Sugar: Eating sugary foods and drinks, such as candy and soda, contribute to tooth decay, while healthy foods like apples and carrots actually help scrape plaque off teeth.
  • Use Fluoride-Containing Products: Fluoride prevents tooth decay, so make sure that you regularly use fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Visiting your doctor twice a year for professional cleanings will allow professionals to evaluate your dental health. Doing this will allow dentists to notify you if there's a problem before it becomes severe or complicated.

If you have any questions or concerns about root canals, don't hesitate to call your dentist, Dr. Paul Scholl. You can schedule an appointment at our Milwaukee, WI, office by calling (414) 445-3670.

By Paul Scholl, DDS
November 01, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: tooth decay   root canal  

How a root canal from your dentist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin can save your tooth.

If you’ve ever felt the throbbing pain of tooth decay, chances are you’ve wanted to pull out the offending tooth yourself! Shallow tooth tooth decaydecay can often be treated with a filling, and the pain may go away too. Sometimes the pain doesn’t go away after a filling, and the pain may get worse. Fortunately, tooth pain can be relieved with root canal therapy. Dr. Paul Scholl at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin wants to share how a root canal can save your smile.

Your tooth is composed of an outer layer, the enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body, even harder than bone. Underneath the enamel is dentin. Dentin is protective, but not as hard as enamel. Underneath dentin is the innermost part of your tooth, known as the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located.

If you have deep dental decay that has reached the pulp of the tooth, you need a root canal or the tooth must be extracted. You may also need a root canal if your tooth doesn’t stop hurting even after a filling is placed.

Tooth pain happens when the tissue inside your tooth becomes inflamed. Fluid builds up, causing pressure and pain. The goal of root canal treatment is to eliminate pain and still allow you to keep your tooth. Root canal treatment works by removing the diseased and dead tissue from inside of your tooth.

It’s important to know that you may not always feel pain, but you may still need a root canal. Teeth can die and cause little to no symptoms. The only way you will know for sure if you need a root canal is to visit Dr. Scholl. He uses only the latest state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques including digital x-rays, laser decay diagnosis and intra-oral cameras to provide the best treatment possible.

Root canal treatment is a highly effective way to repair damaged and decayed teeth and keep your smile intact. For more information about root canal therapy and other restorative and cosmetic dental treatments call Dr. Paul Scholl at Art of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t wait, call today!

By Paul Scholl, DDS
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Health

Various dental procedures exist for improving the appearance and functioning of your teeth. For instance, dental implants replace missing restorative dentistryteeth while veneers improve the appearance of imperfect teeth. Root canals preserve decaying teeth and restore normal functioning so extraction is not required. At the Art of Dentistry, your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, Dr. Paul Scholl can place dental implants and veneers, as well as perform root canal procedures.

Dental Implants

In Milwaukee, holistic dentistry practices offer dental implants as a permanent tooth replacement option. Dental implants consist of a metal implant, an abutment and a porcelain crown. The implant is placed into the jawbone and acts as the tooth root, anchoring everything in place. The crown sits on top of the implant above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth. The abutment is used to securely connect the crown to the metal implant.


Veneers are used to transform the appearance of teeth that suffer from chips, cracks, stains and other imperfections. A veneer is a paper thin cover applied to the front of a tooth to improve the size, shape, color and overall look of the tooth. A thin layer of enamel is first shaved off the front of the tooth before applying the veneer. Removing this thin layer allows the veneer to sit flush with the surrounding teeth and blend in rather than protrude. Once placed, veneers look like natural teeth.

Root Canals

Root canals preserve decaying teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Decay inside the center of a tooth can spread down to the root and eventually cause an abscess to form below the tooth’s root. Untreated abscesses can result in additional oral health problems. During a root canal, the infected and decaying material inside the tooth is removed. The area is then cleaned and the cavity is filled in, leaving the tooth strong and free of infection. If needed, a dental crown can be placed on top of the tooth to strengthen it further.

Whether you are interested in dental implants or veneers or need a root canal, Dr. Scholl can help. To schedule an appointment at your Milwaukee holistic dentistry practice, call the Art of Dentistry at (414) 445-3670.

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