Got a Throbbing Toothache?
Root canal treatment removes the pulp or nerve supply of a tooth that has become inflamed due to a large cavity or crack in a tooth. A root canal procedure is a method of saving a tooth that has deep decay or has had repeated dental procedures. Sometimes a blow to a tooth or a crack or chip affects the health of the dental pulp in the tooth, and a root canal is recommended. Patients usually come into our dental office complaining of pain or sensitivity. Occasionally, there are no symptoms.
Dental pulp is a soft tissue that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. It is positioned deep within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the end of the root in the bone of the jaws.
If the pulp is injured or diseased and cannot repair itself, it dies. Sometimes a deep cavity or crack in a tooth exposes the interior of the tooth and bacteria enters. Infections develop when germs enter the interior of the tooth and attack the pulp. Pus accumulates at the root tip, creating an abscess. This can result in damage to the bone around the teeth.
If infected pulp is not removed, the tooth becomes very painful and swelling occurs. Unless a root canal is performed, the tooth will need to be pulled.
In a root canal procedure, Dr. Marcantonio will remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth will be cleaned and sealed with a pink rubber-like material and the crown is filled with a normal filling. Once treated, as long as ongoing dental hygiene is in place, the affected tooth is likely to last a lifetime.
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If you would like to schedule an appointment at our Dentistry Office in Cranston, Rhode Island, call TODAY at (401) 463-3132 or text Dr. Marcantonio at (401) 465-0316.