What Is Root Canal Therapy?

A picture showing the enamel on your tooth and decay that goes down to teh pulp.Inside your tooth is a soft material called pulp. Within the pulp are blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Sometimes this pulp can become infected and cause severe pain in your tooth. Sometimes when pulp gets infected it will require root canal therapy. Before we discuss what root canal therapy is, let’s talk about what a root canal is.

What Is A Root Canal?

There are nerves that run from the tip of the tooth’s roots and run through the center of the tooth in a small canal. This canal then joins up with the pulp chamber. Every tooth has at least one root canal.

If the pulp in your tooth becomes inflamed or infected because of trauma, the pulp might die. When the pulp is damaged or dies, it can lead to increase blood flow, thus creating pressure inside the tooth. If left untreated, the infection can spread and the bone around the tooth can degenerate, eventually the tooth can fall out.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

Tooth showing a root canal treatmentRoot canal therapy is a procedure to remove damaged, infected or dead pulp. Once it’s properly cleaned out, the canal is filled with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. Gutta percha will help to prevent it from recontamination. Once the gutta percha is applied then the tooth is sealed.

Once the root canal therapy is complete, your dentist will place a crown over the tooth to reinforce its structure and improve its appearance. This procedure typically takes one to three appointments.

In our next blog we will discuss how you will feel after the treatment. If there are any potential complications and what are the alternatives to root canal therapy?

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