Root canal treatments

Root canal treatments

Root canal treatment is defined as the process of removing a damaged, diseased or dead pulp of a tooth, a small, rope-like tissue in the center of the tooth. After the removal, the cavity created is cleaned, reshaped and filled to seal off the canal and prevent bacterial infection or bleeding.

In times past, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed, but nowadays, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would have been otherwise lost.

Common causes of pulp damage or death include:

  • Cracked tooth
  • Deep tooth cavity
  • An injured tooth, such as caused by a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past

An untreated dead, diseased or damaged pulp can lead to infection, causing pus and abscess that can spread to the jaw bone or even sinuses in severe cases.

How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?

With proper oral hygiene and care, your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime. There is a possibility of reoccurrence of tooth decay in a treated tooth; hence, regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems. Here at Hylan Dental Arts, our dentists can help you manage root canal and other dental issues to avoid pain, infection and likely complications. As teeth with dead pulps can become brittle due to loss of blood supply, care and caution are very necessary when eating and cleaning the teeth.

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