Weston Spencer DDS – Conservative Comprehensive Dentistry wants to make sure that our dental patients our well informed. In this post, we will discuss the root canal procedure or endodontic treatment. The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment. It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. The thread-like tissue can become damaged due to
- An injury to the tooth
- A very deep cavity
- A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If ignored, this can destroy the bone and eventually cause a lot of pain
When we perform a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed. The space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled. A crown or implant could still be needed, however.
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