Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments have given dentists a safe method of saving teeth.
The pulp is the soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. It lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the bone of the jaw. When the pulp is diseased or injured and cannot repair itself, it dies. The most common cause of pulp death is a cracked tooth or a severe cavity. Both of these problems can let bacteria enter the pulp, which can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip and in the jawbone, forming a pus-pocket, called an abscess. Abscesses can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.
Usually, treatment requires one to three visits. During the treatment, your general dentist or Endodontist—a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp—removes the diseased pulp. Then, the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.
If you properly care for the fixed tooth, it should last a lifetime. However, regular dental checkups are necessary. As long as the surrounding tissue is nourished, it should keep the repaired tooth heal