Root canals, are a series of tiny passageways; they branch off directly beneath the top of the tooth, and move vertically downward, until they make their way down to the tip of the root. There are anywhere from one to four root canals, in each tooth in your mouth.
The pulp, is the inner chamber of your teeth. It contains tissues, nerves, and blood vessels which flow through your mouth; a number of problems and tooth infections, tend to spread to the pulp. If an infection worsens, over time it can spread, and eventually will make its way in to the tooth’s roots. If one experiences a traumatic experience to their teeth, or a tooth, similar problems may occur, as a result of the tooth’s pulp being compromised.
When the inner tooth is diseased, a number of problems may ensue for the individual. There are many indications there may be a problem; the first are sensitivity and pain to the teeth. On the inside, the infection is spreading, which may cause puss to developed, and this can in turn lead to an abscess.
A common, yet remarkable treatment option, is root canal therapy, which provides a high rate of success for those who undergo this treatment method. It is a process which involves a series of phases. First, it involves removal of the diseased tissue. This halts the spread of any infections in the tooth, and eventually restores the healthy portion of the tooth or teeth which are undergoing this therapy treatment. The main purpose of the root canal therapy is to save any problem teeth. Prior to this form of treatment being discovered, and being accepted as a viable treatment for root damage, the only other alternative which a patient had to prevent damage to other teeth, was to have the damaged tooth (or teeth) extracted.