Root Canal Treatment

Tooth disease indicating a root canal

When the soft inner tissue of a tooth, the pulp, has been damaged through infection or trauma, a root canal treatment is recommended.  At Florence Dental Care we have multiple methods for avoiding the patient discomfort that may accompany a root canal procedure. 

The dental pulp refers to the soft tissues situated in a canal or channel that runs through the root of a tooth consisting mainly of nerves and blood vessels. The main function of the dental pulp is to regulate the growth and development of the tooth during childhood. Once the tooth is fully formed, the main source of nutrition for the tooth comes from the tissues surrounding the root.

The tooth pulp can become irritated and infected from excessive decay, gum disease, trauma or other causes. Bacteria growing within the tooth pulp may cause pressure and pain.  Occasionally the deterioration of the pulp happens so gradually that little pain is felt. Either way, the bacteria can eventually destroy the pulp. As this happens, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed which may lead to the destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.

Root canal treatment removes diseased pulp tissue from the interior of a tooth and is followed by cleaning, disinfecting and sealing the narrow channels in the inner part of the tooth. A tooth can function normally without its pulp and can be kept indefinitely. After root canal treatment, the tooth is pulp-less but it is not a dead tooth. 

Our team is dedicated to nurturing your natural smile while providing a comfortable experience. For information on how to avoid dental pulp damage and other preventative dental measures, browse this site or give our dental professionals a call at (413) 586-0320.