Hello, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (‘endodontic therapy’ in dentist-speak). The root canal often strikes fear in dental patients. 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 an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs 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. It would require continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
I hope that today’s article has helped you better understand this effective and sometimes necessary procedure. Accurate dental information is important.
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