Pulp therapy, more commonly referred to as a root canal or root canal therapy, is a procedure where the pulp of a tooth is removed in order to save the tooth from decay and infection. The pulp is in the center of the tooth and it houses the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. The procedure is done to restore a tooth back to its natural state by removing infection.
What is a Root Canal?
Pulp therapy, or a root canal, involves removing the inner pulp (or nerve) of the tooth. When the pulp has been exposed or has become severely infected, a root canal is needed. During the procedure, the pulp is removed carefully, the canals of the tooth are thoroughly cleaned, and a medicated material put into the canals of the tooth. Once the tooth has been sealed to prevent further decay from entering, it is usually capped or crowned to give the tooth its restored structure. Pulp therapy is one of the only ways to save a tooth that has had its pulp compromised by decay, trauma, or infection.
Why might You need Pulp Therapy (Root Canals)?
A thorough examination and x-ray is needed to determine if pulp therapy is right for you. Some of the reasons you may need the procedure include:
- Decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth
- The tooth is severely infected
- The tooth has broken or cracked, exposing the inner pulp
- You are experiencing severe pain in one particular tooth
- You want an option that helps to save the tooth, rather than having it extracted
If you are in need of pulp therapy, contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you!