Root Canal Treatment
The root canal is the hollow space in the center of the tooth. It contains the pulpy nerve tissue that provides the tooth with a proper sensory function, and the availability to feel hot and cold. There are up to four canals in the human tooth. When the roots pulp becomes damaged from cavity decay or fractures, pain usually results due to the increase in blood flow and cellular activity of the tooth. Bacteria then has the opportunity to enter and multiply in the tooth, causing the pulp to die. The tooth must be treated or the pain will increase, and the infection can spread, possibly causing a serious abscess.
Root canal therapy involves first removing the decayed or dead pulp, and then cleaning out the canal. Dr. Arteaga may re-shape the canal and insert medication to rid bacteria, if necessary. Once Dr. Arteaga has determined that all infection has been cleared, the canal will be filled with gutta percha (a rubber-like material). The tooth then will be permanently sealed with porcelain or a permanent crown. Root canal therapy may take between one to three sessions, depending upon the condition of the patients