Each of your teeth has soft tissue beneath the dentin. When that soft tissue becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause considerable pain. A root canal removes the inflamed and infected material, disinfects the tooth and seals the dentin to prevent future infection.
How can a Root Canal save your tooth?
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
The many advantages of having a Root Canal treatment:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
- It helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.