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Saving a Tooth with a Root Canal (Endodontic Treatment)


Root Canal therapy is a special dental procedure frequently performed today to save a tooth that has been diagnosed with an injured pulp or diseased nerve. Years ago, the only option for treatment of this condition was to extract the tooth. Root Canal therapy is a safe, effective way for dentists to save natural teeth.

To understand treatment options for a diseased tooth, the American Dental Association of Endodontics explains what is happening to your tooth with this anatomy lesson:

The pulp (or soft tissue) lies inside the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root in the jaw bone. The pulp serves to help grow the root of your tooth during development due to its blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Once fully developed, the tooth can survive without the pulp because surrounding tissues will continue to nourish it.

If damaged or diseased pulp in a tooth is left untreated, it causes pain or leads to development of an abscess. During root canal therapy the pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a special material. Final restorations of the tooth includes a filling and/or a crown for its protection.

Please contact Drs. Bowman, Padgett and Associates ( Root Canal Greenville NC) at(252) 391-9333 for further information on how we can take care of you.