"Root canal" is term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp is the soft area within the root canal and the tooth's nerve lies within the root canal.
A root canal treatment is a procedure use to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During the root canal treatment intervention the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. It is important to mention that the tooth's nerve is not vitally important for the tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. It's only function is sensory to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day to day functioning of the tooth.
When a tooth's nerve tissue or pulp is damaged it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. And it can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. In addition to this an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:
How to know if your tooth needs root canal treatment?
If you are frequently in pain or you noticed signs of infection and/or swelling that is the first sign to a person that their tooth has a problem. Additionally if you notice dark tooth color, soft tissue changes and asymmetry, please call us and make an appointment to avoid the infection to get any worse.