The term “root canal” describes the hollow center part of a tooth, which in a healthy tooth is filled with pulp and the tooth’s nerve. But the term is also used generally to describe the procedure that removes the pulp. It’s formally known as root canal therapy or treatment, and it’s a specialty at Cascade Endodontics in Orem.
Root canal therapy involves removing the tooth’s pulp and nerve. This becomes necessary when it becomes infected or abscessed. The tooth can still function quite well without the pulp and nerve. In fact the main function of the nerve is to provide sensation to hot and cold.
The nerve and pulp of a tooth can become infected or inflamed due to decay, cracks in the tooth, trauma, or even a large filling. Symptoms include swelling and extreme sensitivity.
X-rays will confirm whether there is any infection. When the decision is made to proceed with root canal treatment, an access hole is drilled in the tooth and all of the infected tissue is removed, along with any related debris. The entire area is cleaned out and sealed.
It is common to wait a week or so before the tooth is sealed. This is a precaution against additional infection. As a final step a crown may be necessary. The original tooth is still there, but may be damaged due to decay or other weakness.
Throughtout the entire root canal procedure, patient comfort is uppermost in our minds. At Cascade Endodontics in Orem we at very least deaden the area, and also offer sedation. When it’s all over we send a record of the procedure to your general dentist. Remember, root canal treatment is safe and common, and we’ll take good care of you.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097