Our Services - Endodontics - Root Canal Treatment
A root canal therapy is used for treating a decayed or an infected tooth. The procedure is performed when the pulp is damaged or the nerve connected to the tooth is infected. It involves the removal of the nerve and the pulp and cleaning the inside of the teeth.
So, what is dental pulp?
The pulp is the soft area in the center of the tooth. The root canal travels from the root of the tooth to the pulp chamber containing connective tissues and blood vessels that nourish the teeth.
Why should the pulp be removed?
When the pulp or the nerve tissue is damaged, bacteria start building up in the pulp chamber. This can causes a serious infection or abscess. An abscess is a pus-filled pocked formed at the end of tooth’s root. Apart from an abscess, a slightest infection in the root canal may also give rise to the following problems:
- Loss of bone at the tip of the root
- Swelling of various areas of the face, head or the neck
- A hole occurring at the side of the tooth
What causes the problem?
A deep decay, large filings or repeated dental procedures can cause irritation and inflammation of the pulp or the tooth nerve. Moreover, a crack or a chip in the tooth too can lead to pulp infection.
When do you need a Root Canal Therapy?
You may have to undergo a root canal therapy if:
- You experience a severe toothache while chewing food
- You witness discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- A pimple recurring on the gums
- Prolonged pain to hot or cold temperatures