Root Canal Treatment Basics

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What Is Dental Pulp?
Dental pulp is the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves in the center of a tooth.

Why Might Dental Pulp Need to Be Removed?
The dental pulp can become damaged from several things, including a cracked tooth, an injury or blow to a tooth, or a deep cavity. If an infection in the root canal is not removed, the following problems may arise:

– A pus-filled pocket at the tooth’s root, called an abscess, can form
– Swelling that can spread to the neck, head, or face
– Bone loss around the root of the tooth
– Drainage problems around the tooth’s root
– Severe toothache
– Prolonged tooth sensitivity
– Darkening of the tooth

What Can I Expect During Root Canal Therapy?
If root canal therapy is deemed necessary, Drs. Rosenthal and Herceg will make an access hole in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp is removed. The root canals are then cleaned thoroughly. After this, the root canals are permanently filled, usually with a material called gutta-percha. The root canals are then sealed. A dental crown may be placed to support the remaining tooth and to return it to its natural shape and appearance.

We invite you to contact Advanced Endodontics & Microsurgery of Stamford, PC today at 203-324-9239 to learn more about root canal treatment and to book your next visit. Our endodontistss in Stamford, Connecticut, is excited to serve you and your smile!