What is a root canal?
A root canal is actually a structure within your teeth, each tooth having anywhere from one to four root canals. The root canal is basically a space filled with dental pulp, which is made up of blood vessels and nerves.
Healthy dental pulp is essential for the survival of a tooth. If the canal is sealed, and the dental pulp is healthy, the tooth is healthy. However, if the root canal is compromised by decay or disease, the pulp easily becomes inflamed or infected and will require the procedure referred to as a root canal.
Root canal infection resulting from decay or disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among American adults, so timing treatment is crucial. The pulp must be removed and replaced by a filler material.
In many cases, the doctors at Meadow Creek Family Dentistry will recommend the addition of a dental crown. The crown is necessary to protect the natural tooth that remains from further damage and restore a balanced dental bite.
If you have a severe toothache or an inflamed spot or bump on your gum, you may have a root canal infection. Please call our Inman, SC dental office so we can assess your situation and get you in for treatment as soon as possible.