Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early). Deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it also needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent, and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
“Root canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaws. During a root canal procedure, an access hole is drilled into the tooth. The pulp, along with bacteria, decayed nerve tissue and related debris, is removed using a series of files in increasing diameter, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. A filling is placed over the opening, and, in some cases, a crown is indicated. At Hampton Dentistry, a root canal is a relatively simple, routine procedure, with little or no patient discomfort, and usually only one visit required!
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