A root canal is a procedure used to remove infected pulp tissue from inside the tooth and permanently seal it to prevent further infection and pain. The diseased or dead nerve tissue will then be removed from the pulp chamber, and then a temporary filling will be placed on top to seal the tooth's interior and prevent other bacteria from entering. The final step in the root canal process is filling the permanent crown, restoring the tooth to its full function and shape. Our dentist at Phoenix Family Dentistry often recommends this treatment when the pulp becomes infected due to severe tooth decay or a fracture.
A root canal is needed because the nerve inside the tooth has become infected or inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or other injuries. Left untreated, an infection that has reached the tooth's nerves can be excruciating and result in an abscessed tooth, bone loss around the tooth's roots, or even tooth loss. Root canal therapy removes the damaged tissue from within the tooth and restores the structure and health of your tooth.
After your procedure, your dentist may recommend placing a crown over the tooth to strengthen the tooth structure and protect it against future damage. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your tooth should remain healthy and strong for years.
Despite being a more feared procedure, root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to treat an infected tooth and relieve pain. If your dentist has recommended this treatment, it likely means you have an infection in the root of your tooth or surrounding tissue. This infection can be excruciating and cause facial and jaw swelling.
A root canal procedure removes the infected tissue from your tooth’s root, then sanitizes and seals this area to prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues. Removing the damaged tissue relieves pain and prevents the infection from spreading to other teeth or gums.
After your root canal procedure, you must complete several follow-up appointments to closely monitor the treated area and ensure no further problems develop. Patients may also require a dental crown to protect the tooth and restore its function and appearance following the procedure. However, you can eat again without pain with an adequately restored tooth!
Root canal treatment can help save your tooth from being extracted, preventing your other teeth from shifting out of place and causing more problems. For the best dental care, visit Phoenix Family Dentistry at 13821 N 35th Dr Suite 2, Phoenix, AZ 85053, or call (602) 755-6684.