Root canal therapy is the process of going inside the pulp space and removing the infected, dead tissue. The space is then disinfected and sealed with special materials.
Every tooth consists of three different layers. The outermost and hardest layer is enamel, and the second layer is dentin. The third is pulp, which is the cavernous space where the live tissue and nerve of each tooth is located.
When eventually the pulp is exposed the tissue will be contaminated and eventually become infected. Exposure happens when you have a large cavity or a fractured tooth. Your dentist can explain the exact reason for damage to this tissue. In these cases, the best treatment is root canal therapy.
Nowadays, root canal treatments are performed with advanced techniques and materials, making them far more comfortable and faster. After root canal treatment is complete, your dentist will usually place a dental crown to safeguard against fracture.
Consult Saratoga’s trusted dentist, Dr. Prasad today to learn more about root canal treatments and other alternatives. Call (408) 867-1800.