Rebecca L. Pounds, DDS

425 First Avenue, Suite 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, with well over 14 million patients receiving this kind of treatment every year. At the office of Dr. Rebecca Pounds, we typically refer patients to a local endodontist, or root canal specialist, who uses minimally invasive methods. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth, and possibly prevent the need for tooth extractions, dental bridges, or dental implants.


Root canals are a treatment that falls under the dental specialty of endodontics. Patients who have root canals are also candidates for restorative dentistry after their root canal is completed, as the tooth will require a crown to be placed to further protect the damaged root. Dr. Rebecca Pounds typically refers patients to an endodontist for their root canals and then they return to our office for the restorative dental crown.

Inside Your Teeth

The outer shell of each of your teeth is made of enamel. Under the enamel is a layer of dentin. The innermost core of your tooth is made up of pulp, which contains nerves, arteries, veins and lymph vessels. This is what provides your teeth with nourishment and keeps them strong. The core contains one pulp chamber, with a canal reaching down into each root.

If a crack or chip allows a canal to be exposed, and saliva can reach the pulp, bacteria are carried into the core and causes infection. Signs of infected pulp are swelling, sensitivity to temperature in the affected tooth, or pain in the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Lack of proper care often results in the tooth having to be extracted.

If you experience any of these symptoms, ask Dr. Pounds to check for an infected tooth. Non-surgical endodontic treatment is available in our downtown Pittsburgh dental office to eliminate diseased pulp and seal the tooth to prevent further infection.