When the pulp (or soft tissue) inside your teeth – which includes blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues – becomes inflamed or diseased, root canal therapy becomes an essential part of your treatment plan and is designed to treat and remove the diseased pulp.
During root canal therapy, the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not treated and removed, pain and swelling could result and the tooth may have to be extracted. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Most importantly, this procedure can save your tooth and smile.
Causes of infected pulp include:
- A deep cavity left untreated
- A cracked or broken tooth
- An injury to a tooth
Regular dental check-ups are essential to preventing the decay and disease that can result inside your mouth if left untreated. Take the first step to your path to complete oral health rejuvenation and call Dr. Britt today.