There is no need for worry should your dentist prescribe a root canal. A root canal is a common treatment to save a tooth that has become severely infected. The goal is to relieve pain and restore health to the damaged natural tooth.
The doctors and the team of oral healthcare professionals at Richmond Dental, located near you in Calgary, want to educate their patients, current and new, on the effectiveness of a root canal treatment.
A root canal is needed when there is an infection deep inside the tooth. The pulp inside of a tooth can become infected from injury, trauma or an untreated cavity.
The inside of a tooth, beneath the white enamel and the hard layer known as dentin, is soft tissue called pulp. Pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves that aid the growth of the tooth during its development. A healthy, fully developed tooth cannot live without pulp.
Simply defined, a root canal treatment removes the infected pulp from inside the tooth.
The pulp of a tooth can become inflamed or infected from a deep cavity, a faulty crown or trauma. If an infection or inflammation is left untreated, then the result will be an abscess and the additional risk of the infection entering the bloodstream.
The removal of the infected pulp will leave a crater inside of the tooth known as a fissure. The fissure will be cleaned and disinfected before it is filled and sealed with a rubber-like material known as gutta-percha.
The tooth is then restored with either a crown or a filling for protection. The tooth will regain function like the other natural teeth. The patient’s eating habits and lifestyle will continue with limiting needs for ongoing dental work to the area of the root canal.
With proper care, most root canal treatments can last a lifetime.
If you would like a consultation for additional information regarding the root canal procedure, then please contact the oral healthcare professionals at Richmond Dental, located in Calgary, where new patients are always welcome.
Richmond Dental is trusted and highly recommended for root canal procedures, as well as other treatments in restorative, general and cosmetic dentistry.