What is root canal therapy?

When the pulp of a tooth is infected, Dr. Sonny Afshar and Dr. Fara Afshar may recommend a root canal in Roseville, California. Root canal therapy is the process of removing infected pulp from the inside of a tooth. Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the center of a tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue are found. During root canal therapy, out dentists will remove the pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and seal the tooth.

Why is root canal therapy performed?

If infected pulp is not treated, it breaks down and bacteria form within the pulp chamber. The tissue surrounding your tooth may become infected because of the bacteria, or an abscessed tooth may occur. With an abscessed tooth, a pus-filled pocket forms at the end of the tooth roots. Infected pulp can also cause swelling that can spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss may occur around the tooth root. Infected pulp may also cause drainage problems. A hole can form in the side of a tooth, draining it into the gums or through the cheek and into the skin. Through root canal therapy, we can prevent these consequences and restore the health of your smile.

To learn more about the benefits of root canal therapy and to schedule an appointment, we welcome you to contact Star Dental today!