Root canal therapy is considered to be one of the most feared dental procedures – but it doesn’t have to be. The space inside the tooth is called a “canal,” or more specifically, a root canal. The tiny canals contain the pulp of the tooth also commonly referred to as the nerve. Any trauma or infection of the nerve will result in the need for root canal therapy.
Common reasons for root canal therapy include:
1. Tooth decay invades the tooth, penetrating in to the pulp.
2. A tooth has become abscessed or infected from decay.
3. Trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth, occurs and results in the exposure of the nerve.
4. A tooth is slowly dying, due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for treatment immediately.
The process involves opening the tooth, removing any internal pulp that is infected or damaged, a thorough cleaning of the area, a filling and applied sealant. Your dentist may also suggest a course of antibiotics in the event there was already a mild infection brewing in the area.
Our caring and knowledgeable staff at Pineview Dental Care will do everything possible to make your root canal therapy a breeze. Call us today.