This post from Kenneth Hovden DDS in Daly City is about root canal procedures. Root canals are often feared, but they allow you to keep a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by any of the following:
- An injury to the tooth
- A very deep cavity
- A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. Left untreated, it can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When we perform a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for the tooth to be pulled.
Root canals have a bad reputation, but remember: they don’t cause pain, they relieve it.