Healthy Roots, Happy Teeth
- Posted on: Mar 15 2018
If you start a garden or plant flowers in the spring, you understand the importance of a healthy root system. The roots of a plant deliver water and nutrients that keep the plant alive and thriving. Similarly, each of our teeth has roots that deliver blood and nutrients to the crown of the tooth, as well as the jaw bone. Taking care of your roots gives you years of good oral health, but even the most diligent patients experience issues with their roots. In these cases, a root canal will preserve the tooth and protect the surrounding bone.
What is a Root Canal?
The phrase “root canal” does not refer to a dental procedure. Rather it describes the space inside each tooth that houses the root nerve. Some of your teeth have a single root canal, while others have multiple root canals. When the nerve of the tooth is damaged or infected, a root canal is performed to remove the pulp and nerve from inside the root.
How is a Root Canal Performed?
The procedure for a root canal involves two distinct steps. First, the root is cleaned out, including the pulp, any infections, and the nerve. Second, the root canal is permanently sealed so that debris and bacteria cannot get trapped inside the canal.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
A root canal is recommended for more serious dental concerns, such as nerves that are:
- Causing infection around the tooth root
Will I Lose My Tooth After a Root Canal?
A root canal procedure aims to protect your tooth and the bone from additional damage. With good home care, regular dental exams, and routine professional cleanings, you should be able to enjoy your tooth for many years.
Do You Need a Root Canal? Contact Gentle Family Dentistry & Implant Center.
If you are looking for a high quality, friendly, comfortable dental practice for a root canal, teeth cleanings, dental implants and other oral health services, contact Gentle Family Dentistry & Implant Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Riyaz K. Gangji. Our offices are located in Bethlehem and Allentown, and you can contact us directly at (610) 861-0190.
Posted in: Restorative Dentistry