We all shudder at the thought of having a root canal but our fears result primarily from lots of word-of-mouth misinformation. Getting a root canal is a fairly simple procedure aimed at restoring and saving the structure of a tooth. Although the outer surface of your tooth consists of hard enamel, the interior of your tooth is made of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels, known as the pulp.
A root canal is needed when this soft tissue becomes damaged, diseased or infected. If you are experiencing symptoms including pain in your tooth, combined with swelling and heat in the gum, then you should have your North Druid Hills dentist examine that tooth. With X-rays, your dentist will confirm whether or not a root canal is necessary.
Because the pulp is comprised of soft living tissue, it is very vulnerable to injury. It can be damaged by untreated cavities promoting deep decay, a chip or crack in a tooth, being hit in the mouth, or even too many dental procedures on the same tooth. Once the inside nerve of the tooth is damaged, the surrounding tissue cannot live and must be removed before a severe infection develops. Once a tooth as reached maturity, such as in an adult, the root can remain functional without the need of the pulp.
A root canal is simply the removal of that soft pulp, leaving a canal that must be cleaned out and sealed off to avoid infection. The procedure keeps the structure of the tooth intact, so it can remain and be strengthened further by the application of a crown. Best of all, because the nerve inside the tooth is damaged or dead, there is really little to no discomfort.
Posted on behalf of Executive Park Dentistry
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