What are Root Canals?
Inside every tooth there are fine canals also known as root canals. These root canals contain dental pulp, consisting of nerves and blood vessels. If your dental pulp dies or is diseased, the root canal will become infected and a toothache and abscess occur. An Endodontist or your dentist can carry out a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
There are a few contributing factors that cause pulp death, including:
- Deep cavities
- Extreme wear
- Tooth fracture or a crack in the tooth
Root canal treatment should start as soon as possible after your dentist identifies the problem. The root canal process includes removing the infected pulp, cleaning out and disinfecting the canal and sealing it with an impervious filling. It is important to restore the tooth properly, to make sure the bacteria can’t re-enter the canal. Root canal treatment is carried out by a dentist, however more complex situations you can be referred to an endodontist specialist.