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What is a Root Canal?

At the core of the tooth is soft tissue and nerves contained in a canal. The blood vessels in these canals provide nutrition to the tooth. Occasionally, the internal soft tissue of the tooth becomes infected and can result in a serious infection and pain if left untreated. Treatment should take place before the infection gets too serious.

Technically “Root Canal” is not the name of the procedure but refers instead simply to the thin tubes that connect the pulp chamber and the tip of the tooth’s root. In fact, the procedure is actually known as a pulpectomy to dentists. A pulpectomy is an endodontic treatment to cure an infected root canal. In the old days, damage to the core of a tooth usually meant it had to be removed. Today, however, a “Root Canal” procedure disinfects and refills the inside of the tooth, thus preventing pain and limiting damage to the tooth. Many times as elderly patients suffer decay it can become a root canal.Root Canal

The Root Canal Treatment Procedure

The tooth is first numbed so you feel no pain, then a hole is made down into the pulp. Creve Coeur root canal dentist, Dr. Ethan Schuman, uses tiny instruments to extract the remaining pulp from the tooth, thoroughly disinfecting the tooth canal in the process. Once disinfected, the interior of the tooth is filled with an inert material that helps prevent further infection.

Contact Us today to set up an appointment for a root canal treatment with Dr. Schuman.