Let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist-speak). The root canal may the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to a:
An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
If you suspect you might need a root canal, give us a call. Cascade Endodontics will surprise you with how quickly—and painlessly—we can address your concerns. Call today for a consultation with our knowledgeable and friendly staff. 801-734-9076.
Jon Jenson DDS
The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Popular-Topics/Common-Dental-Procedures/article/What-is-Root-Canal-Treatment.cvsp, accessed March 14, 2013