Advanced care, comfortable dentistry
A root canal results in the saving of the tooth instead of extracting it. In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you’d probably lose that tooth. Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed. Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to two visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!