What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected, by removing the infected nerve and damaged pulp. After the nerve and pulp are removed, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. A root canal is also called Endodontic treatment.
Many patients report that the procedure itself is as easy as having a filling placed. The pain and discomfort encountered before seeking dental care are usually far more painful, than the root canal procedure itself. It is wonderful to see the relief on the patient’s face when the feel better and see how simple a root canal can really be.
After the tooth has emerged through the gums, a tooth’s nerve is not extremely important to a tooth’s overall function. Its only function is to provide the feeling of cold or heat. The removal of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functionality of the tooth.
Why Does the Pulp Need to Be Removed?
When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber and causes it to deteriorate. The bacteria and other decayed debris will cause an infection, an abscessed tooth, which is usually very painful.