Root canal Alternative
holistic biological iaomt dentist charlotte, nc
Paul Plascyk, D.D.S.


If a patient does not want a root canal completed on their tooth, we may be able to avoid a root canal with one of the techniques described below. If that is not possible, then the tooth can be  properly removed and an implant or other treatment can be performed to replace the tooth. 

If a patient wants to save the tooth and one of the procedures described below cannot be performed, than a biological root canal can be performed.  

The following are two cases demonstrating my use of ozone to prevent root canals on teeth with advanced decay. Keep in mind that this procedure cannot always prevent the need for a root canal procedure or extraction of the tooth.


 Direct Pulp Cap
(This is not a root canal procedure. This is done to prevent a root canal 
or the removal of a tooth.This is not a procedure that most dentists do.)

Basic Direct Pulp Cap Procedure


Case 1: Actual clinical case of a direct pulp cap

Tooth prepared for a filling. Dark stain is advanced decay (L). 
Decay removed but nerve is exposed (bleeding) (R). 


After treating the exposed pulp (nerve) with oxygen ozone, a 
biocompatible filling (small white patch) is placed over the exposed 
pulp tissue. The tooth then received a permanent filling (not shown). 


Pulpotomy
(This is not a root canal procedure. This is done to prevent a root canal 
or the removal of a tooth.This is not a procedure that most dentists do.)

Basic pulpotomy procedure. First the cavity and infected portion of the pulp (nerve) is removed. Then a biocompatible dressing is placed over the remaining nerve and  finally a permanent filling or crown is placed on the tooth.


Case 2: Actual clinical case of a pulpotomy procedure

Tooth with amalgam filling and advanced decay (L). Tooth sealed 
with dental dam and amalgam filling removed showing decay (R). 


Much decay removed but still much remaining (L). As continued 
to excavate (clean) nerve is exposed (bleeding) (R). 


Infected part of nerve is amputated (pulpotomy) exposing healthy nerve deeper in the canals (L). The remaining pulp tissue was treated with oxygen-ozone and a biocompatible filling (R). The tooth then received a ceramic crown (not shown).