Root Canal Therapy in Okotoks, Alberta - Dr. Scott Gallup
Root canal therapy consist of removing infected dental pulp, a tiny thread-like tissue located within the center of each individual, natural tooth. If pulp incurs damage, becomes diseased and dies then its removal becomes necessary. The major causes for pulp damage are – cracks in teeth, deep cavities, or injured teeth. Once the pulp becomes damaged or dies, it should not be left untreated as infection will build up at the root tip forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy bone tissue that surrounds a tooth, causing pain and future complications.
Root canal therapy consist of several procedures that take place over the course of a few dental visits, depending on the individual’s situation. First, the damaged/infected pulp is removed and the hollow portion of the tooth is cleaned, shaped and filled in order to effectively seal-off the root canal. The second step involves filling the pulp chamber and root canals. After the root canal treatment is finished a dental crown is placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.
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During the procedure, a gap is drilled into the tooth’s crown and pulp chamber, diseased pulp is reshaped or removed, and the tooth is permanently sealed with a gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored inlay/onlay or crown.