If a tooth is suffering from extensive decay, the inner dental pulp can become injured or infected. The dental pulp supports the tooth with blood vessels and nerves. If the dental pulp is injured, infected, or is damaged in some other way, the nerve within the pulp may die, eventually causing the tooth to die.
Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. It is the material that makes up the surface of your teeth. Underneath the enamel is the dentin and the very inner material of the tooth is called the pulp. If a cavity forms deep enough, it can penetrate through these layers and infect the pulp and onto the roots. If decay reaches this area it can kill the nerve structure.
If the root structure of the tooth becomes infected it can risk the complete loss of the tooth. The common symptom is usually swelling of the gums. If this occurs, visit your dentist. Halifax residents can be confident in the services of Santé Dental to properly address your endodontic issues and perform root canal therapy if needed.
Root canal therapy is the treatment which cleans out the root structure to prevent tooth loss. The tooth is drilled into and using specialist instruments the bacteria is cleared out. Chemicals to clear up the infection are also used. After the canal is disinfected, the infected pulp and nerve tissue is removed and the tooth is filled in. The material used for this blocks the root canal from fluids. Since the tooth must be drilled for this procedure (therefore weakening the structure) this also strengthens the tooth.
We are a sedation dentist in Halifax. Dentist trips for a root canal can be anxiety-inducing for some, so we can use various sedation methods to ease the experience for those who are prone to worry.
If you suspect you may need root canal therapy, or simply need to book a regular appointment so we can keep an eye on any potential symptoms, click here to request an appointment at our Halifax dentist office Santé Dental.
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