A root canal therapy is performed when the inner tissues of the tooth, dental pulp, is decayed or damaged. Root canals allow the dentist to remove the injured or decayed dental pulp without having to remove the entire tooth. The dental pulp contains many nerves, blood vessels and other tissues to keep the tooth healthy. It extends all the way from the crown to the root in the jaw bone.

When a dental pulp becomes severely injured or infected, it can possibly die. This can be caused by a number of reasons, including severe decay or an injury to the tooth. As a result, bacteria can enter inside the tooth which can cause an infection. If the tooth is not treated, it can cause an abscess to form which can cause pain and swelling as well as damage to surrounding teeth. To save the tooth from dying, a root canal therapy may have to be performed.

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal treatment doesn’t increase your tooth pain. In fact, it’s purpose it to alleviate the pain by removing the infected dental pulp. A root canal treatment can take anywhere from one to several appointments to perform. During the procedure, an incision is made in the tooth and the injured dental pulp is carefully removed. The inner pulp chamber and root canal are thoroughly cleaned and the tooth is resealed. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth to strengthen and protect its overall structure.

Following your root canal therapy, you will have to continue to take care of your tooth to keep your smile healthy. This includes regular brushing and flossing as well as visits with your dentist. Contact Trenton Dentistry, emergency dentist, to improve your dental health today.

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