Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root of the tooth. All teeth have between one and four root canals.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
Root canal treatment is a remarkable therapy with a very high rate of success and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal treatment is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was a tooth extraction procedure.
Most patients who have a root canal treatment experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original. Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. Contact Dr. Lee Simon in Erie, PA to schedule your first root canal appointment today.