When a tooth has a deep cavity, it can cause an infection in the inner layer of the tooth called the pulp.
A small hole is drilled in the tooth to access the root canals of the tooth.
The infected tissue is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned.
A specialized filling material fills the roots and a crown is placed on the tooth.
Every tooth consists of three different layers. The outermost and hardest layer is enamel, and the second layer is dentin. The third is pulp, which is the blood vessels and nerves reside.
If for any reason the pulp is exposed to the outside, the tissue becomes contaminated and eventually infected. The exposure of pulp happens in many circumstances, such as when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. In these cases, the treatment is usually root canal treatment.
Root canal treatment is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected, dead tissue. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials. Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster. After root canal treatment is complete, your tooth will most likely need a crown or a cap to protect that tooth long term from breaking.
Although root canals are notorious for being painful, the actual procedure is painless. Usually people think root canals are painful because the pulp of the tooth is already affected. The tooth is usually aching before needing a root canal and that toothache is associated with a root canal procedure. Root Canal Therapy actually gets you out of pain when you are already feeling pain.
If you have any questions about root canal treatment, give us a call today!
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