A root canal can save an infected tooth and prevent the need for an extraction.
Did you know that root canal treatment saves millions of teeth each year, according to the American Association of Endodontists? It’s amazing how many people were able to preserve their natural smiles and didn’t have to face tooth loss as a result of root canal treatment. So, you may be wondering: how can our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist Dr. Keith Bever, Jr. save teeth through root canal treatment?
We’re so glad you asked….
In order to understand how a root canal works, it’s first important to understand what lies beneath those hard enamel and dentin layers of a tooth. Inside a tooth, you’ll find the pulp chamber and root canals. The pulp (made up of blood vessels, tissue, and nerves) plays a role in the development of your teeth; however, once the tooth has fully matured the dental pulp is no longer necessary for the survival or health of a tooth.
While tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, even decay or injuries can end up damaging a tooth. When this happens, bacteria are able to get inside the tooth and affect the pulp. Once the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, this will result in a toothache. This is usually when patients visit our Mt. Pleasant, MI, family dentist to find out what’s going on.
Does a dental pulp have to be removed?
Unfortunately, once the pulp is infected the only option is to have it removed so that we can stop the spread of bacteria. The purpose of root canal treatment is to go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and disinfect the tooth. It also allows us to seal up the canals and pulp chamber to prevent bacteria from entering again.
Not only will this simple procedure remove the source of your toothache (something that we know you are relieved to hear) but also it will fully restore the tooth. It is always best to save your own natural teeth and a simple root canal makes that possible.
Are you dealing with a nagging toothache or noticing other changes in your teeth and gums? It’s important that any symptoms or issues are addressed. Call our Mt. Pleasant, MI, dentist’s office today at (989) 773-9793.