Typically, we’ll need to perform a root canal if the pulp of your tooth has become infected. Most human teeth have one to four root canals inside the tooth, depending on the tooth.
Premier Dental Care offers root canal therapy in Colorado Springs, CO on Citadel and Lehman Drive. Root canals, also referred to as Endodontic Therapy, are performed when there is damage, injury or infection within the root of a tooth, typically to the nerves. The root of the tooth also contains blood vessels and connective tissue, in addition to nerves. When damage to this area or infection occurs, the canals in the root of the tooth must be cleaned out, filed, shaped and filled. This process occurs during a root canal procedure.
Generally caused by tooth decay or shock, pulp or nerve tissue damage can be an excruciating experience, with symptoms including pain while chewing, sensitivity and swelling. If left untreated, pulp damage can lead to abscesses, or pus-filled infections, and eventually to tooth loss
Common causes of root damage include:
Your tooth might need a root canal if:
The center of every tooth has a non-solid area that houses soft tissue, such as the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. This area contains a relatively wide space in the top portion of the tooth called the pulp chamber that that then narrows. These canals run through roots of teeth similar to the way pencil lead runs through a pencil.
This tissue nourishes and hydrates the tooth structure, making the tooth more resistant, less brittle, and less prone to fracture from normal chewing. It also provides the tooth with hot and cold sensory function.
When a tooth is damaged from trauma like tooth decay, this soft tissue can become injured and irreversibly damaged. At that time a procedure called root canal therapy is performed to remove and clean the inside of the tooth where it is disinfected and filled
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