Every part of your tooth has a job to do. Pulp is literally central to you tooth, both in its position, and in its role. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels that connect your tooth to your jaw.
If your tooth becomes damaged due to decay or a trauma, bacteria can work its way into the tooth and eventually reach the pulp. Years ago, if the tooth pulp became infected and died, that would have meant an extraction. However with a root canal, the diseased or dead pulp can be removed and the tooth can be saved though what is known as a root canal.
During a root canal, your dentist uses a drill to access the pulp. Using small instruments, the dentist will extract the pulp from your tooth, and may enlarge the chamber to accommodate a rubbery substance called gutta percha, which will fill the space left by the pulp. After cleaning the area, the gutta percha will be inserted and the tooth will be sealed. Your dentist may prescribe a pain-reliever or antibiotic for you to take while you are recovering.
In a subsequent visit, the dentist may place a crown over the tooth for an added level of protection and to restore its shape. You will still need to brush and floss every day and see your dentist for your cleanings and exams.
If you have a tooth that is giving you problems, our dentist, Dr. Krupakar Reddy Yeturu at Ontario Chino Dental Center in Ontario, California, is here to help. Make an appointment to see him today by calling 909-984-2476. We look forward to seeing you soon!