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What is a Root Canal?
A root canal treatment is performed to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become 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 abscesses may form. An abscess is a swelling in the affected area, which may lead to a spread of the infection to other areas of your mouth.
Some indications that you may require a root canal treatment include:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess in the bone.
Infected/Inflamed Pulp Tissue
Technically, “root canal” is not the name of the procedure but refers instead to the natural cavity found in the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area inside the root canal, and the tooth’s nerve lies within it. Occasionally, the internal soft tissue (or pulp) of the tooth becomes infected and can result in a serious infection if left untreated.
In fact, the procedure that laymen refer to as a “root canal” is actually known as a pulpectomy to dentists. A pulpectomy is an endodontic treatment utilized to cure an infected root canal. In the old days, damage to the core of a tooth usually meant that it had to be removed. Today, however, a “root canal” procedure disinfects and refills the inside of the tooth, thus preventing pain and limiting damage not only to the tooth but also to your overall dental health.
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
The tooth is first anesthetized, and then a hole is made down through its pulp. Our periodontist uses tiny instruments to extract the remaining pulp from the tooth, thoroughly disinfecting the tooth canal in the process. Once disinfected, the interior of the tooth is filled with an inert material that helps prevent further infection. A crown is then placed over the tooth to support its shape and restore its healthy function.
To learn more or to set up an appointment for a root canal treatment in Thousand Oaks, please contact your dentist Dr. Hart at Hart Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry today.