The Root Canal Process
The pulp is the soft tissue that is located inside the tooth structure. It contains nerves, arteries, veins, and connective tissue. Tooth pulp is contained in the canals located in thin tube-like spaces in the roots and in the pulp chamber located within the crown of the tooth.
When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it becomes infected. Left untreated, the pulp will die and become necrotic. Pus can build up at the root tip, forming an abscess that can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth. Endodontic treatment (root canals) is the removal of the diseased pulp tissue, which will enable the body’s defense system to repair the damage caused by the infection.
Following completion, the tooth will need to be restored. Due to the large amount of tooth structure usually lost from decay and old fillings the preferred restoration is a crown. Most back teeth that have had root canal treatment should be restored with a crown, which we offer with our single visit tooth colored crowns service. A post may be placed into the root to give additional structural support.
At Meridian Dental Care, we focus our treatment on providing you the smoothest process by ensuring you understand the treatment, know what to expect, and make it as painless as possible. Let us help determine what is causing you discomfort and find the best treatment options for you.