In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with root canal treatment, you can usually save that tooth.
Inside a tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is part of the tissue that originally formed the tooth & the function of the nerve is no longer necessary.
If a tooth is cracked, or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter into the pulp. It can then cause an infection inside the tooth.
Without treatment, pus from the infection builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, formingcalled an abscess, or "pus-pocket". An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die.
If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. The infection can also injure your jawbones and affect your overall health.
Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
With treatment, it can save your tooth and your smile!
A root canal is usually a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, that involves one to three visits.
During treatment the diseased pulp is first removed.
The pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth are then cleaned & sealed.
A post might be placed to strengthen the remaining structure.
The tooth will often have a cast crown placed to further strengthen the tooth.
You then continue to care for your teeth & gums with regular brushing, flossing and checkups. This will ensure the root of the restored tooth is nourished by the surrounding tissues, and can last a lifetime.