Root Canal

Did you know that each tooth contains a long, thin strand of dental pulp that provides the tooth with nutrients and nerves and extends down to the tooth’s root? If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and often, without endodontic treatment, the tooth dies as well. 

teeth_structureWhat is a Root Canal?

To understand Root Canal, it helps to know something about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue and creates the surrounding hard tissues of the tooth during development.

Root canal therapy or Endodontic treatment refers to a treatment in which the bacteria infection that has entered your nerve chamber or tooth’s pulp is removed by your dentist. After which the root canals and hollow pulp chamber are cleaned, filled and ultimately sealed.

Indications of Root Canal treatment

Root canal is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes:

  • Deep decay.
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth.
  • A crack or chip in the tooth.
  • Spontaneous pain in the teeth.
  • Big fillings.
  • Severe sensitivity to sweets,  hot and cold foods.
  • Injury that created an infection.
  • Fractured teeth.
  • Swelling around the tooth  or infection inside your tooth.

The Root Canal Treatment Procedure

root-canal-procedureRoot canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. During the procedure (performed under anesthesia), a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored crown.

Dr. Luis Gomez is trained to perform endodontic treatment. For difficult root canals you may be referred to a root canal specialist.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for a root canal treatment with Dr. Luis Gomez.