What You Should Know about Root Canals
A root canal is a procedure that can save your tooth. Teeth are composed of several layers. The outer layer is dental enamel, which is the hardest substance in the body. Beneath the enamel is a softer layer made of dentin. Inside the dentin are channels called root canals. These canals contain soft tissues called the pulp of the tooth and include nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. The pulp provides sensory information and nourishes the tooth as it grows, but if it becomes infected or inflamed, it may need to be removed. This leaves the tooth intact while removing the source of the problem.
We may recommend a root canal if you have a deep cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, a serious injury to the tooth or have a tooth that is painful as a result of repeated dental treatments. The root canal is performed under local anesthetic and is no more uncomfortable than the procedure for filling a tooth. During the root canal, an access point will be made to allow us to remove the diseased tissues.
Once the pulp has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned carefully and flushed to remove any remaining debris and bacteria. A medicated material may be placed inside the tooth to promote healing. Once the root canal treatment is complete, the root canals of the tooth will be sealed, and the tooth will be restored using a permanent filling or a dental crown. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in root canal in Beverly Hills.
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