If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may be suffernig from an infection of the inner pulp of your teeth. If this is the case, you may need a root canal procedure to fix the tooth, or it may eventually die.
The Inner Workings of a Tooth
Deep inside your tooth, under the enamel and dentin layers, is a soft tissue that's called the "pulp" of the tooth. This pulp is made up of nerve endings, blood vessels and connective tissue.
During development, this pulp tissue helps grow the root of the tooth. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the surrounding tissues.
Why do I need a root canal?
When the pulp or a tooth becomes infected due to a deep cavity, a fracture, or injury, it can die. This can be extremely painful, and if left unattended to, it can cause the whole of the tooth to die eventually.
For this reason, root canal therapy must be performed to save the tooth.
What happens during a root canal?
During Root Canal Therapy, the pulp chamber at the centre of the tooth, along with any infected portion of root canal, is cleaned of all diseased pulp, and the reshaped. Medication may be inserted into the area to fight bacteria.