An interesting fact about our teeth is that they contain hollow centres. The pulp of a tooth, which consists of nerves and blood vessels, is found within this hollow center. The function of the blood vessels is to provide the tooth with oxygen as well as nutrients and nerves provide teeth with the sense of feeling.
Your teeth may become damaged by injuries like a blow to the head or perhaps a car accident. Cracks in the teeth can damage the pulp that constitutes the living tissue of a tooth. Tooth decay is another thing that can cause damage to the pulp. Harmful bacteria can find their way through the outer shell of a tooth and this leads to the formation of an open cavity in the tooth.
If tooth decay is not stopped, it may continue all the way to the pulp and eventually this results in inflammation that cannot be reversed. Without treatment, the tooth may become infected and an abscess could form. Abscesses are known to cause severe discomfort and it is important to remember that a neglected infection can spread to the tissues surrounding the infected tooth.
In the end, you may require root canal treatment if the pulp is infected or damaged.
Root canal treatment is used to repair badly damaged or infected teeth. The pulp is removed during the procedure and the tooth is then disinfected. After this a filling is put into place and the area is properly sealed.
Root canal procedures are reputed to be quite painful. The truth, however, is that the pain experienced during a root canal treatment is not bad at all. Many people who have had the treatment before describe the pain as comparable to the pain you experience when you get a filling placed.
Root canal treatment is an extremely successful treatment option for damaged teeth. At Skymark Smile Centre we are happy to talk to you about any concerns you may have about root canal treatment!