A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at treating infection or damage within the pulp (innermost part) of a tooth. This treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise need extraction, preserving its function and appearance.
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or injured, it can lead to pain and swelling. If left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to further complications. Common causes for pulp damage include deep cavities, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, or trauma.
The procedure begins with the dentist numbing the affected tooth and surrounding area. An opening is then made in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. The infected or damaged pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. Once cleaned, the tooth is filled and sealed. In many cases, a crown is placed over the tooth to restore its strength and appearance.
In our San Antonio dental office, root canals are a common dental procedure that can save a damaged or infected tooth, ensuring the longevity of your natural smile.