What is the Purpose of a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment removes infected material from the nerve of your tooth. The main function of a tooth’s nerve (pulp tissue) is to guide its growth during childhood. After the tooth has erupted through the gums, the nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the daily function of the tooth, since its only function is sensory – the sensation of hot, cold or pain.
If your tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and can cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an abscess may form causing pain or swelling. Not only can a tooth abscess injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Poor oral health can affect people with diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis or who are pregnant. Without the proper treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.