Tooth decay can sometimes require a root canal, which is a procedure where the inside of the tooth is cleaned out and then sealed. A root canal is done to ensure abscesses do not develop and infection doesn’t spread to the nearby tissue. Getting a root canal sooner rather than later can make all the difference, as root canals performed on an early infection are generally pain-free.
The phrase root canal is derived from the description of the hollow area inside the center of the tooth. Located inside the root canal is what is called the pulp chamber, which houses the tooth’s nerve. The nerve is not essential to oral heath and solely serves a sensory function.
After a root canal procedure has been performed, the access hole made will be filled or a crown will be placed.
If you’re needing a root canal performed or have questions, please contact our practice in Plano for more information.