In the early days of dentistry, diseased teeth often had to be pulled out to stop infection. Thank goodness modern dentistry has developed techniques to remove infection while saving precious natural tooth!
Inside a tooth’s crown – the white part that you see above the gum – there are tiny channels that run into a root that anchors the tooth in your jawbone. This channel is called the root canal and it contains pulp – the nerves and blood vessels.
Common Dental Problem
There are many dental problems that can cause disease in the pulp. Sometimes an injury such as a hard blow or a crack in the tooth can damage the living tissue, but the most common cause is tooth decay. Harmful bacteria break through the outer shell of your tooth and open a cavity. If not stopped, the decay will continue toward the nerve of the tooth causing an infection or abscess. Besides pain, this can spell big trouble for your jawbone and your tooth.
If necessary, we’ll gain access through the crown to take out the diseased pulp and treat the root canal with medication. The canal will then be permanently filled so that the tooth can be restored. This therapy has more than a 90% tooth-saving success rate and costs a lot less than extraction and replacement. That’s a lot of happy smiles!