What is Root Canal Therapy?
Tooth decay is progressive. If you hesitate to treat a cavity, the decay may spread into the inner chamber of your tooth, known as the pulp. In addition to the pain it causes, the infection can also threaten your dental and overall health. Root canal therapy is the process of removing the infected pulp from inside the tooth and root canal, sealing the tooth, and crowning it, if necessary.
How Root Canal Treatment Saves a Tooth
The root of your tooth extends underneath your gum and into the socket of your jawbone. Your tooth receives nutrients from your body through the root canal. Inadvertently, the infection that is invading the pulp of your tooth can invade other parts of your body by passing from the root canal into your jaw bone, and into your blood stream. For this reason, it is important to get any tooth infection treated promptly.
By removing the infection before it spreads beyond the tooth, root canal therapy can save you from needing a tooth extraction. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp tissue along with any bacterial decay, then seal the inside of the tooth with a safe, biocompatible material. Finally, a dental crown may be required to further protect the treated tooth from future damage or infection.
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At Oxnard Dentistry, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.