Root Canals

Root Canal Treatment

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root.

Many tooth problems include infections that can spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also effect the pulp, leading to similar problems.

A diseased inner tooth may include a host of symptoms. Pain and sensitivity are often the first signs of a problem. If the infection is not addressed, it can spread and can cause small pockets of pus to develop, leading to an abscess.

“A root canal is an effective treatment with a very high rate of success. The process involves removing the diseased tissue, stopping the spread of infection, and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canals were designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was fully developed and accepted  the only option to treat a diseased tooth was an extraction. Root canal treatments were given a bad reputation, and are often regarded as painful. Dr. Caterra’s uses the most modern practices that minimize pain and discomfort”

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