What is a Root Canal?
Root Canals – Denham Springs, LA
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with specially medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. Many patients are misunderstood when it comes to root canals. A root canal is a fairly simple process in order to save a tooth rather than the alternative, which is an extraction. In rare occasions a tooth can re-abscess (become infected again) and a retreat will have to be done in order to save the tooth and clear infection.