A root canal replaces infected or inflamed pulp inside a tooth. The pulp exists under the hard layers of enamel and dentin and contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Once your tooth is fully formed, it can live without the pulp, because the tissue surrounding it provides nourishment.
Pulp within your tooth may become inflamed because of injury, deep decay, multiple procedures on the same tooth, or a crack. Untreated, infected pulp can cause an abscess as well as severe pain.
A root canal involves removing the pulp, cleaning out the tooth, refilling the space with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, and sealing it off. You’ll likely need a crown to restore the full function and appearance as well as to protect the treated tooth.
A tooth with a root canal functions like any other in your mouth.
Most people with teeth that have infected pulp can be treated with a root canal. Once in awhile, a tooth is so severely fractured that it doesn’t have enough bone support to be restored. Sometimes, the pulp can’t be accessed, and a root canal isn’t possible. Talk to Dr. Cheng and Dr. Anwar at Fresh Smiles Family Dentistry to determine if your tooth can be saved.
The signs that you may need a root canal include:
Once your root canal is complete and covered with a crown, it functions like any other tooth. You only need to keep it healthy with proper oral hygiene, which includes regular brushing, flossing, checkups, and cleanings.
Teeth treated with root canals should last as long as your natural teeth unless they become subject to trauma.
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