In a healthy tooth, the innermost layer is called the pulp chamber which contains the nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth vital.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, becomes necessary when the tooth nerve (pulp) becomes inflamed or infected. The causes of this include tooth decay, trauma from dental procedures, or a crack in the tooth. In addition, a blow to the tooth may eventually cause the nerve to die and become infected. The toxic products from the infection, if left untreated, will eventually lead to an abscess.
Signs of pulp inflammation or infection include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, or swelling and tenderness in the gums.
During root canal therapy, an opening is created through the tooth and small files are used to clean away the infectious tissue and debris inside the canals. A filling material is then used to seal the canals.
Root canal therapy is a natural and reliable treatment to save your tooth as a healthy foundation for function.
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