The root canal may be one of the most misunderstood of all dental health services. We have provided thousands of them to Perth area patients with great results. We would like to provide a brief explanation or “short version” of what a root canal is and how it can save a tooth.
Why Would You Need a Root Canal?
On the inside of your tooth, there is a layer of soft tissue. This is called the pulp. It has nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. When your tooth is in the development or growing stage, its job is to provide nutrition that helps grow the tooth, including the hard layer, which is called the dentin and the outer enamel.
When your tooth is fully grown, it no longer needs the pulp to nourish it because it can get everything it needs from the surrounding gum tissue. In an unhealthy tooth, the pulp can develop infection and inflammation. This can be caused by repeated dental procedures on that particular tooth or by deep tooth decay. A chip or crack in the tooth or a faulty crown can also cause inflammation or infection.
Inflammation and infection in the pulp is extremely painful because of the nerves it contains. It can also lead to an abscess if untreated.
What Is a Root Canal and What Does it Do?
A root canal is a procedure in which the pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth’s root. Then, the area is cleaned and disinfected. The resulting space is then filled with gutta-percha. If this name sounds familiar, it’s because gutta-percha was once used to make golf balls. After the root canal is done, the top of the tooth receives either a filling or a crown.
This fully restores your tooth to normal function and saves it from having to be extracted.
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