- Posted on: Jul 27 2018
When a tooth is threatened by extreme decay, gum disease, or damage from an injury, we have to make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal at Flax Dental in Atlanta is usually the only way to save the tooth.
During a root canal (or endodontic treatment), the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are removed and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material.
The root canal is only the primary step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown.
At Flax Dental, we use strong, natural-looking crowns that blend flawlessly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and visits to your dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function issue—free for the rest of a patient’s life.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate. But because teeth with infected pulp tissue often do not show symptoms, it is essential to have regular dental examinations at Flax Dental in Atlanta. We can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots.
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