A “root canal” is the cavity within the center of a tooth and the soft area within the root canal is called the pulp or pulp chamber. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal. When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. Root canal therapy is used to repair and save the tooth by removing the nerve and pulp and then cleaning/sealing the inside of the tooth cavity. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Removing a tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health. Its function after the tooth has emerged through the gums is only sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold.
A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.
Dr Dowden is trained to perform root canals which requires one or more office visits. Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, crown and post, or other restoration may be needed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function. Dr Dowden will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful but we find most people feel the procedure is no more painful than having a filling placed. The team at Cornerstone Dental will do all that is possible to make your root canal experience as comfortable as possible.
Nothing conveys the good health of your family like a clean, white, healthy smile. As a full-service dental office, Cornerstone Dental Clinic of West Bend provides you with not only a range of general and cosmetic dental services but also a convenient location, comfortable & friendly service and in-network insurance. If you feel something is wrong with a tooth due to discomfort or other symptoms, we are here to help. Please give us a call at (262) 334-4083 or request an appointment using our online appointment system.