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Root Canal Therapy, Root Canal
Endodontics therapy refers to the treatment of the inside part of a tooth, also known as the pulp. The pulp contains the blood and nerve supply to the tooth, keeping it alive. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected pulp and replace it with a long lasting filling to preserve the functional and esthetic usefulness of the tooth instead of having to remove the tooth entirely.
A root canal can be needed for a number of different reasons. When a cavity reaches a large size where it infects the nerve, a root canal is needed. Sometimes a tooth is bruised during a traumatic fall or just does not appreciate being worked on when a filling is placed and ends up passing away. This is determined through the use of a simple xray and concurrently based on symptoms that a patient may feel i.e. sensitivity to pressure, temperature, etc. When the pulp dies or becomes infected by a cavity, a root canal is performed in order to save the remaining tooth.
A root canal is when the pulp is thoroughly removed and the remaining space disinfected. The body cannot clear the infection on its own because the space is so small that the infection blocks out the blood supply, or the body’s natural way of bringing in cells that fight infection. With the “highway” shut down at the root-end opening, there is no way for the body to fight the infection and the problem continues to grow. This eventually results in tremendous pain and can affect neighboring teeth. The problem can lead to the combination of pain and swelling, also known as an abscess.
The infection needs to be removed and the entire pulp chamber disinfected. Our intention is to create the cleanest environment possible before placing a filling inside of the pulp chamber, thereby extending the usefulness of the tooth and avoiding having to remove the tooth completely. Once the infection is gone, the pain subsides and the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown, depending on the situation.
, Root Canal Therapy