Root Canal Treatment at Somerset Dental Care
What is root canal treatment?
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal treatment, fixes problems in the tooth’s soft core, or dental pulp. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp had to be extracted. Today, root canal treatment can save teeth with compromised or even dead pulp.
What is the dental pulp?
The dental pulp lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root. Its soft tissue contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
What causes dental pulp disease?
The most common cause of dental pulp disease is a crack or a deep cavity in the tooth. Bacteria can get inside the tooth through these cracks or cavities causing the dental pulp to become infected. Pus from the infection often builds up at the root tip of the tooth forming a ‘pus-pocket’, or an abscess, inside the jawbone. If an abscess is left untreated, it can damage the jaw and cause serious complications such as septicaemia.
What does treatment involve?
Treatment can require up to three appointments. During treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Sometimes, if there are many roots to the tooth, we might refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.