What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, or root canal therapy, is a treatment that your dentist may use if your tooth has become infected on the inside of the dental pulp. Each tooth in your mouth contains a pulp chamber filled with living connective tissue that allows your teeth to feel hot and cold. Nerves travel to and from the pulp chamber using tiny passages in your tooth roots called canals. When the pulp chamber becomes infected, the infection can spread to these nerves, causing damage and a serious toothache. A root canal procedure, or root canal therapy, removes the infection and cleans the harmful bacteria and damaged nerves from the canals to prevent further infection and to preserve your original tooth structure.
The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
- Root canal therapy provides relief for patients who are suffering from a serious, chronic toothache as a result of a tooth infection.
- With root canal therapy, Dr. Ohlsson can save teeth that would normally have to be extracted, and protect them from further damage.
- Root canal therapy prevents tooth infections from spreading to other teeth and causing more damage.
- With root canal therapy, Dr. Ohlsson can also help patients prevent the serious health risks that could develop if the infection is left untreated.
If you or a loved one are experiencing a serious toothache and suspect that an infection may be the cause, call us at our office immediately. Dr. Ohlsson performs root canals with sensitivity and understanding toward the patient and their individual needs.
To find out more about root canal therapy, or to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment, call us at our office today.