What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is the process of removing decayed or diseased pulp from the inside of a tooth. Pulp is your tooth’s soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. During a root canal, our dentist will make an access hole in the tooth through which to remove the dental pulp. The tooth is cleaned out all the way down the roots, and then it is filled with a filler paste and a rubber compound. A filling is used to close the access hole and in some cases, a dental crown may also be required to support the tooth.

When is root canal therapy necessary?

If the pulp in the center of a tooth is infected, Dr. Gregory G. Oman may recommend a root canal in Bountiful, Utah. If a tooth’s pulp is damaged, bacteria multiply in the pulp chamber. The infection can spread to the root canal if not treated, causing an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms at the end of a tooth’s roots. The spread of infection can also cause swelling in the face, neck, or head; loss of bone that supports the tooth; or drainage problems from the root that can cause a hole in the side of the tooth. Through root canal therapy, we can avoid these complications and return your smile to good health. We invite you to call or visit our dental practice today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment!