Every tooth contains a soft bundle of nerves and blood vessels called the pulp. If a tooth is damaged and the pulp is exposed, a dangerous infection can result. Left untreated, this infection can result in the loss of the tooth. To prevent this, we remove the pulp in a procedure called root canal treatment.
To remove the pulp, we drill a tiny hole in the tooth and extract the pulp using special tools. Once the pulp is removed, we clean and sterilize the inside of the tooth to prevent infection, and then seal the tooth to protect it.
After the procedure, we’ll restore the tooth with a dental crown.
Signs a tooth may be infected include sharp local pain, sensitivity to hot or cold and swelling. If you experience these symptoms, contact our office to book an examination.