The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment we do at Crystal Dental Group in High Point. It is important that dental patients know what is happening during this anxiety-inducing, though routine, procedure.
At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. The tissue can be compromised by one of the following:
An injury to the tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth
If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.
When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out first. The space that is left is cleaned and then shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled. It would require continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.
We hope this post helps you better understand the root canal, an effective and sometimes necessary procedure. Accurate dental information is important. Crystal Dental Group in High Point offers general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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