North Fulton Dental, Alpharetta GA, Drs. Prattas and Panich


Root Canal Therapy

 
 
Root Canal therapy
 

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes progressively worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

A diseased inner tooth brings on many problems. Pain and sensitivity are some of the first indications of a problem, while inside, a spreading infection can cause small pouches of pus to develop, leading to an abscess.

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success(though not 100%). It involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection, and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth. Before root canal therapy was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.


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