A tooth with a diseased or damaged root can be extremely painful. The root canal contains the soft tissue of the tooth composed of the nerve, which senses hot, cold, and pain, and the blood supply, which is responsible for supplying the living tooth with nutrients. Once traumatized, the root of the tooth spreads bacteria into the bone and forms an abscess, or pus-filled infection, which results in bone loss. This can be extremely painful, or it can happen so gradually that it can escape notice.
Root canal treatment removes the infected or injured contents of the root of the tooth using small endodontic files that resemble wires. The resulting cavity is then flushed, sterilized, and filled with gutta-percha, a protective biocompatible material. The tooth is then restored with a filling or crown. This is generally the last treatment option for saving a tooth from extraction.
We understand that the word “root canal” itself can be a scary thing to hear. Alliance Surgical Center is designed to help those who have a natural dental phobia, especially when the treatment requires a root canal, to feel at ease about their dental procedures.