At the center of your tooth is a pulp chamber holding a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth and gives life to the tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures and symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. If infection is present our trained professionals at Precision Cosmetic Family Dentistry can perform a root canal treatment using state of the art endodontic technology, eliminating the dying nerve from the tooth which in return relieves the symptoms of infection. Furthermore, this process allows the tooth to remain in the mouth, ready to be restored with a dental restoration or crown.
A Pulpectomy is mainly performed in children , since the roots are not deep into the teeth. Removing damaged teeth prematurely may cause misalignment and other dental issues when permanent teeth take their place. A Dental Pulpectomy procedure is preferable over a tooth extraction, however if the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be restored, removing the tooth is recommended.
Post and Core Build-Up
A post & core buildup connects a tooth that has had a root canal to a crown, performed on a tooth after a root canal and prior to placing a crown on the tooth. Although not all teeth that have undergone a root canal need post & cores, many do. A tooth needing a root canal usually has a large filling or lots of decay and most of the original tooth is gone. During a root canal, a hole is drilled though the natural crown, all the way through the center of the crown into the roots. The drilled out area inside the tooth is called the core of the crown. For the crown to be successful, it must have a good foundation and the post & core build-up provides this support. It also replaces the original shape of the tooth so that it will be easier to design a crown. After placement of a post & core, it is recommended that a crown is placed on the tooth since waiting too long for the crown may cause the tooth to break and render it unable to be saved.