A photo of a root canal image prior to root canal treatment

If you are experiencing toothache due to tooth decay, swelling of gums, sensitivity to hot and cold and pain while chewing, then you might have problems with your root canal. This is just one of the issues that can occur. Under the white enamel of the tooth, there is a soft tissue called dental pulp. There are blood vessels and nerves and the general function f the pulp is to help your tooth grow and support it. Once the tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp as the surrounding tissue continues the role of nourishment and support.

 

However, this dental pulp is sensitive and can get infected, triggering the decaying process of the tooth. This is when root canal dentist advises therapy. Since any infection can reach the tooth root damaging it from the core, this needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

 

Root canal therapy requires removal of the decaying pulp and nerve tissue so that it can be germ-free. By drilling at the center of the tooth, the dentist will reach the chamber and take out the pulp. It will then be replaced with a biocompatible filling, giving the tooth back its strength. A cap or a crown is placed to repair the damage done during the procedure.