| Pain-Free Therapy
Root canal therapy may have a reputation as a scary or undesirable dental procedure, but Dr. Cash can help make the tooth-saving procedure seem nearly pain-free. To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root Canal, or endodontic treatment, treats the inside of the tooth. It becomes necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Dr. Cash will recommend root canal therapy when decay or infection has reached the nerve of the tooth. Root canal therapy is preferred over extraction in many cases because it allows you to keep the tooth and will not cause any harm to any of the surrounding teeth. Root canal therapy can restore teeth that often seem beyond repair.
Following root canal therapy, Dr. Cash will place a dental crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage and decay. Please call our office if you’re interested in learning more about root canal therapy and restorative dentistry.