We want to help you understand what a root canal is and when you may need one. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
Mouth Healthy explains that, “root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, our dentists remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.”
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedures
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile. So if you find yourself with questions concerning a root canal, then give Artistic Touch Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maryam Brazdo or Dr. Janice Wahl.