Root canal therapy is a procedure that removes exposed or infected nerves from the root of the tooth. Then, Dr. Allan J. Petrisor cleans and widens the space where the infection had been, finally sealing it with a sterile material. After root canal therapy, the tooth still functions as normal.
Your tooth consists of two main parts: the crown, which is the area of the tooth above the gum and visible in your mouth; and the root or roots, the area of the tooth that lies beneath the gum and is surrounded by bone. Inside each root are one or more canals that run the length of the tooth. These canals contain the pulp (nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue), which is often referred to as the "nerve" of the tooth. The pulp may be irreversibly damaged by bacteria associated with decay, very deep restorations, fractures, trauma or periodontal disease.
To preserve a tooth when this has occurred, it is necessary to remove the diseased pulp tissue. This procedure is known as endodontic therapy. Since endodontic therapy removes only the pulp from the root canal, the root will continue to function normally because the supporting tissues remain intact. Dr. Petrisor will remove the injured pulp because it may become infected or act as an irritant to the tissues surrounding the tooth.
If you are experiencing severe pain in a tooth, the gum tissue or jaw, it’s time to contact our office. Waiting can mean even more extensive damage to your mouth!