A root canal treatment is a specialized procedure that is performed on the inside of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth consisting of soft tissue and nerves, is protected by a hard exterior. In case of extreme decay, the infection can eat through the outer layer of the tooth and reach the pulp. If left untreated, the condition can get extremely painful and the infection can spread to the gums and bone surrounding the teeth.
Since this infection cannot be treated by antibiotics, the infected tissue needs to be removed physically. This is exactly what the root canal therapy procedure does.
Your dentist carefully drills through the hard outer layer until the pulp of the tooth is reached. The infected tissue and nerves are carefully removed. The area is then filled and sealed. Finally, the opening made in the outer layer of the tooth is filled and sealed to protect it from further infections.
One might think that removing the nerves in the tooth would make it dead or fall out, but that is not the case. After the tooth has come out through the gums, the nerves don’t do much except detecting the presence or absence of heat. The absence of a nerve does not affect its day-to-day functions of a tooth.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, give us a call and book an appointment with us. We can determine if you need a root canal treatment or if there is another issue to be addressed.