The pulp of a tooth is located inside the tooth, under the enamel and dentin. This soft tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth as it develops. It extends to the tip of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. The pulp is essential to the proper growth and development of the tooth, but once it’s fully mature, the tooth can survive without it. When decay on the tooth (from a cavity) has advanced past the point where a filling can treat it and threatens the sensitive pulp, root canal therapy becomes necessary. This procedure treats pulp that has become inflamed, infected, or dead.
Symptoms of infection include:
If you experience any of these symptoms, contact Hermosa Dental for a consultation.
Root canal therapy involves removing the pulp from the tooth chamber and canals. A small opening will be created in the crown of the tooth to access the inside. Once the pulp has been removed, the canals will be cleaned with a disinfecting solution and filled with a biocompatible material to restore its structure. Local anesthesia or sedation may be provided to ensure your complete comfort.
When treatment is complete, we may place a temporary filling to protect the tooth until the permanent restoration (usually a crown) is complete. The area may feel sensitive for the first few days. Discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications (used as directed). Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until the full restoration has been placed.
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