Our teeth contain hollow centres where the living tissue known as the pulp is contained. The pulp consists of blood vessels along with nerves. Blood vessels are needed to provide oxygen and nutrients and nerves are needed for providing the sense of feeling to the tooth.
Injuries can cause great damage to your teeth. Car accidents or any kind of hard blow can crack or break your teeth and this can put the pulp at risk for being damaged. Tooth decay is another factor that can damage the pulp eventually.
When harmful bacteria break through the tooth’s outer shell an open cavity is formed. If nothing is done to stop the decay, it may continue toward the pulp and ultimately this will result in irreversible inflammation. Without treatment, the tooth will most likely become infected and an abscess will start to form. Abscesses cause extreme discomfort and if the infection is not treated in time, it could spread to the tissues around the infected tooth.
You will need root canal treatment if the pulp is damaged or if the pulp of a tooth becomes infected.
Root canal treatment, as a dental treatment option, can be used to save teeth that are either infected or badly damaged. During the root canal treatment procedure, a dental surgeon will remove the pulp and then disinfect the tooth. Lastly, a filling is placed and the whole area is sealed properly.
People often wonder if root canal procedures are painful. Most people who’ve had the procedure done, describe it as not being painful at all. Some even say that it is comparable to having a filling placed at your dentist.
Root canal treatment has a high success rate. At Markham-Stouffville Smile Centre, our team are more than happy to walk you through the root canal treatment procedure!