What Exactly Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove diseased pulp tissue from the interior of a tooth. The narrow channels beneath the pulp chamber in the inner part of the tooth are hollowed out and cleaned, and the roots are filed with flexible nickel titanium files.

If dental pulp is sufficiently traumatized — whether by exposure to oral bacteria via deep dental caries, a fracture in the tooth that enters the pulp or a forceful blow to the face — the tooth begins to die and root canal therapy is often required in order to prevent or eliminate infection and prevent tooth loss.

Why Are the Associated Toothaches So Painful?

Nerve fibers, blood, and lymph tissues are housed in the root canals. Located inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that funnels into those root canals.

A tooth can become inflamed or infected for several reasons, including severe tooth decay or a crack or chip in the tooth. Failing restorations such as dental fillings and dental crowns can foster bacterial leakage into the dental pulp.

How do I Know When I Need a Root Canal?

Certain signs may indicate that you have a diseased tooth or infected nerve and therefore may need a root canal. These signs include:

* Minimal to severe pain.
* Tooth discoloration.
* Swelling and irritation in the surrounding gum tissue.
* Signs of infection visible on an X-ray image.

At Dental Square after a thorough examination our specialists may recommend a root canal treatment in order to save the affected tooth and preserve its functionality.

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