What is a Root Canal?
Did you know there is more to your tooth than the eye can see? Within the center of the tooth is the natural cavity, which is called the root canal. The root canal consists of the pulp chamber (the soft area inside the natural cavity) and the tooth’s nerve. Once the tooth has emerged through the gums, the nerves only job is sensory: essentially the hot and cold sensation you get when eating and/or drinking. The day-to-day functions of teeth are not dependent on their nerves.
Root Canal Procedure
When the nerve tissue or the pulp is damaged, they create bacteria inside the pulp chamber. As bacteria multiplies and debris infects the chamber, it causes an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess forms at the ends of the tooth’s roots when the infection has spread all the way throughout the tooth.This is when dentists recommend a repairing treatment called a root canal. Named after the actual part of the tooth, the main goal of a root canal is to save the tooth. When people think of a root canal, they usually associate the treatment with pain. However a root canal actually relieves pain instead of causing it! In the procedure, dentists clean out the infected pulp and nerve tissue and then will proceed to seal up the tooth.
Benefits of getting a Root Canal:
- Saves Natural tooth
- Less expensive than extraction follow-up
- Virtually pain-free procedure
- Tooth remains fully functional
- Disinfects and cleans tooth
- Relieves pain
Here at Spring Dental, we want what’s best for our patients, which means keeping your teeth clean and healthy. We provide affordable and comfortable dental services to all of our patients. Come see us today!