What is a Root Canal & Why do I Need one

By Aspen Dental

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a structural expansion of the root of a tooth. It is part of an innately occurring space within the tooth and consists of the pulp chamber which is a hollow part in the center of the tooth that contains the pulp.

The pulp is a soft matter located in the center of the tooth and consists of multiple anatomical tributaries such as the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue that link the root canals to the surface of the root and each other.

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is necessary when bacteria gets down to the pulp inside the root causing infection. There are various ways bacteria can get into the pulp such as; a crack or chip in a tooth, an injury to a tooth, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, or deep decay. If the infection or inflammation is left untreated, it can cause severe pain and lead to an abscess (a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth). It is imperative to consult a dentist or endodontist immediately if you believe you have an abscessed tooth.

Why do I Need One?

Proper care of your mouth is extremely significant to the general wellness and overall appearance. Untreated oral diseases could lead to tooth loss, gum issues and several other dental issues and teeth problems. Dental physicians and experts believe that there could be a link between oral disease and stroke, heart disease, low birth weight, and premature births and diabetes.

Dental diseases comprise of the following groups which include; diseases of the teeth (formation of cavities and tooth decay), gum/periodontal diseases, mouth sores, tooth sensitivity, and oral cancer. Dental problems can be distressing but luckily can be treated and easily prevented. Root canal treatment remains a feasible option for restoring a sound tooth structure.