Hello, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (‘endodontic therapy’ in dentist-speak). The root canal often strikes fear in dental patients. Dental patients need to know what is happening during this somewhat intense procedure.
Inside each tooth is a very small area of tissue called the pulp. This tissue can be compromised by one of the following:
An injury to the tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
If this area becomes damaged or infected, it can affect the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If it is left untreated, the abscess can quickly destroy the surrounding bone (and hurt like crazy!)
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed. The area that remains is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled. It would require continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
I hope that today’s post has helped you better understand this effective and sometimes necessary procedure. Accurate dental information is important.
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