Helping Your Body Combat Bacteria
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root
canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the
inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment,
the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
"Root canal" is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is
the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's nerve lies
within the root canal.
A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its
only function is sensory - to provide the sensation of hot or
cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
When a tooth's nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks
down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an
infection or abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled
pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past
the ends of the roots of the tooth.
Endodontist Larisa Strelkov
We are very fortunate to have a wonderful Endodontist Larisa Strelkov as part of our team. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treat-
ment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. Dr. Strelkov's gentle and tender approach
will calm even the most apprehensive patient.