At the center of each tooth is pulp and nerves which carry necessary resources from the body to the tooth. When the pulp and roots of the tooth get infected, it can be a very dangerous condition for the tooth. If left untreated, the tooth may need to be extracted. To prevent the tooth from dying, a procedure called a root canal is performed in order to remove the infected pulp and save the tooth.
Warning signs that you may need a root canal:
When the root canal is performed, a portion of the top of the tooth is removed to allow your dentist to remove the infected pulp. All bacteria is removed from the interior of the tooth, and the tooth is sealed. A dental crown is placed on top of the tooth that will allow the tooth to function as normal.
To prevent needing to have a root canal, the best course of action is following a proper oral hygiene routine. Proper brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist to have plaque and tartar removed. When you take care of your teeth on the outside, it helps protect the delicate interior.
Do you have any of the symptoms above? Call us to set up an appointment today!