How Do Root Canals Treat Decayed Teeth

Root canals are often associated with injury or abscess, but for a lot of other cases, people need root canals to deal with severely decayed teeth. Our Los Angeles endodontics expert can help you decide if a root canal treatment is right for you.

Tooth decay occurs when the acid from oral bacteria attacks the enamel. The enamel is lost, and the decay can continue through the deeper layers of the tooth. Once it reaches the dentin, the process can quickly affect the living tissues inside the tooth, also known as the pulp. The pulp is contained within the root canals, and it includes the nerve of the tooth, the blood vessels and the connective tissues. The decay causes infection in these tissues. Ultimately, the nerve and other soft tissues will become inflamed and die. This can be quite painful, and you may experience swelling, as well.

A root canal procedure works to treat badly decayed teeth by removing the soft inner tissues from the tooth. Once these tissues are gone, the pain will end. We will then clean the canals of the tooth before sealing them to prevent future infection or other issues. The final step in the treatment process is restoration, which usually involves placing a dental crown, or cap, over the tooth. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in root canal therapy in Los Angeles.

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