What is a root Canal?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form that could potentially lead to a trip to the hospital.

“root Canal” is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. the tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.

A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. It’s only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

Why Does Tooth Pulp Need to be Removed?

When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection of an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. in addition to an abscess and infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:

Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head, bone loss around the tip of the root Drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.

What Damages a Tooth’s Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?

A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.

How Successful Are Root Canals?

Root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.

Also, because the final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown of a filling, it will not be obvious to onlookers that a root canal was performed.

Do Root Canals Hurt?

Despite the myths you may hear root canals do not hurt during or after the procedure. They actually get you out of pain immediately. So if you are hurting, you want a root canal ASAP! You will be numb during the procedure and therefore will not feel any discomfort