In a nutshell, a root canal is a type of dental treatment that aims to repair the root of the tooth. A tooth has a pulp with multiple canals filled with blood vessels and nerve tissue. When the pulp gets infected, it will usually cause pain for the patient urging the patient to get it checked out by a dentist. The pulp is the most inner layer of the tooth; therefore, when the infection has reached the pulp, the tooth has decayed heavily.
Thus, to save the patient from losing their tooth by extracting it, the dentist aims to restore the pulp by cleaning the canals and removing decayed tooth structure and tissue. Then, the tooth is filled with a material to support the tooth and the opening of the tooth is then filled with a filling to build the tooth up again. Lastly, a crown is placed on top of the tooth to allow the patient to eat and drink normally. If you or your child may be experiencing pain, visit our office at NexGen Dentistry in National City, California to prevent any further damage to your teeth.