Root canal therapy is often recommended when severe decay has caused serious damage or has killed a tooth. This happens when the tooth pulp becomes infected. The pulp is the soft area in the center of your tooth where the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue are located. The following factors may cause pulp to become infected:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental treatments
- A cracked or broken tooth
- Injury to the tooth
When performing a root canal in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, our dentists will take an X-ray to check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone and to see the shape of the tooth roots. Drs. Nader and Resek will then gently make an access hole in the tooth. Through this hole, they will remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and debris from the whole length of the tooth. The interior of the tooth is then filled and the access hole is closed. In many cases, a crown needs to be placed over the tooth to protect and support it. If your tooth needs a crown, our dentists may use CEREC® one-visit restoration technology to construct and place the crown in a single appointment.
If you are experiencing any type of dental pain, we encourage you to contact Oakmont Family Dentists today to schedule an appointment.