Let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy”). The idea of getting a root canal scares patients, but it’s important to know what happens during the procedure.
At the center of each tooth is thread-like tissue called the pulp. Causes may include:
An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
Damaged or infected tissue builds up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, the surrounding bone is destroyed, causing serious discomfort.
When a dentist or oral surgeon performs a root canal, they remove the dead or diseased pulp, and clean, shape and fill the center of the tooth. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
Hi. I’m Dr. Natalie Goodman of The Lewisville Dentist. I hope that today’s blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. If you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at 214-731-7925.
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The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013
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