If you have a tooth that is decayed or infected, you may need root canal therapy to save the tooth. This treatment is administered when the pulp of the tooth is damaged. The pulp is the area in the center of the tooth that is made of cells, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The root is made up of nerves, and the root canal extends from the pulp chamber to the top of the tooth’s root.
When the pulp becomes damaged, it can cause bacteria to develop in the pulp chamber. This bacteria and the damaged pulp can lead to an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth can cause inflammation of the general area as well as intense discomfort. The pulp can become damaged because of a crack, trauma, or severe decay.
What is it Like to Have the Procedure?
The procedure may require several office visits. An X-ray will be taken to determine if infection has spread to the surrounding bone. To begin, the affected tooth will be cleaned of all bacteria and decay with special implements. After the tooth is cleaned, any remaining debris will be flushed out. The tooth will then be sealed to protect it and cover the space within. A temporary dental filling will be administered in the access hole to ensure it stays free of debris and contaminants. The final step is having a restoration placed on the tooth, which is typically a crown or a crown and post.
Get In Touch with Us to Find Out More
If you want to find out more about a root canal, we warmly encourage you to get in touch and make an appointment with Brevard Smiles. At our locations in Indian Harbour Beach and Rockledge, our caring and devoted professionals will be ready and eager to explain the process in greater detail, address any questions and concerns you may have, and help you get back to a pain-free and functional life. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you.