Dental Pulp & Root Canal Therapy

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What Is Dental Pulp?
Dental pulp is the tissue, blood vessels, and nerves in the center of a tooth.

Why Might Dental Pulp Need to Be Removed?
The dental pulp can become damaged from several things, including a cracked tooth, an injury or blow to a tooth, or a deep cavity. If damaged dental pulp is not removed, an abscess (a pus-filled pocket at the tooth’s root) can form. An infection in the root canal can also cause problems like:

– Swelling that can spread
– Bone loss around the tooth’s root
– Severe toothache
– Prolonged tooth sensitivity

What Can I Expect During Root Canal Therapy?
If root canal therapy is needed, Dr. Stephen T. McInerney will make an opening in the tooth, through which the infected dental pulp is removed from the root canals. The root canals are then thoroughly cleaned. After this, the root canals are filled, usually with a material called gutta-percha. The root canals are then sealed. A dental crown may be placed to support the treated tooth and to restore its shape and appearance.

We invite you to contact Root Canal Specialists, PC today at 248-540-9191 to learn more about root canal therapy and to set up your next appointment. Our endodontist in Bingham Farms, Michigan, looks forward to aiding you in reaching optimal dental health!