A root canal treats disorders of the pulp; the soft tissue inside the crown and roots made up of blood vessels, nerves and lymph vessels that help keep your tooth nourished. The purpose of a root canal is to restore your tooth to a comfortable state by removing the damaged tissue, replacing it with a substance that helps preserve the function of the tooth.
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All of our services are performed by general dentists.
There are many reasons that a root canal may be needed, but the most common cause is the carious process; the uncontrolled process of tooth decay. When tooth decay begins, it penetrates the outer layer of enamel and creates a cavity. If that process is not stopped, the decay will continue toward the nerve of the tooth.
Other causes include a fracture that exposes the pulp, traumatic injury such as a blow to a tooth, a cracked or loose filling or repeated fillings in a tooth, and occasionally from gum disease. Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated, and an abscess can occur. Bacteria grow within the tooth pulp, causing pressure and pain. Eventually, the pulp can die, resulting in the destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.
The root canal procedure can be broken up into three basic parts.
First, your dentist makes an opening in your tooth and removes any filling and decay. Then, the unhealthy pulp is removed with tiny, flexible files. By using delicate, up-and-down motions, your dentist gently cleans and smooths your canals to prepare them for the canal-filling materials.
After the pulp has been removed and your root canals have been smoothed, your dentist may fill the canals with tiny cone-shaped pieces of gutta-percha, (a firm, rubberlike material) or another dental material. A sealer-cement is used to seal the filling material into place.
After the inside of your tooth has been treated, the outside will be restored to protect your tooth’s underlying structures and to give it a healthy appearance. If your tooth needs extra support, some of the gutta-percha may be removed and a post inserted before the filling and crown are applied.
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