Root Canal Services at Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston, SC
At the very heart of each of your teeth is a chamber which contains the nerves of your living tooth. These nerves are called the "dental pulp" and the cavern is known as the "pulp chamber." As you follow the chamber into the jaw it leads to the pulpal canals or "root canals". In certain cases when the tooth nerve is causing pain, it becomes necessary to have it removed to avoid having an extraction.
Such a procedure is referred to as "Root Canal Therapy," or more commonly as a "Root Canal."
Residual food particles that remain lodged in the mouth are soon converted into acids by the bacteria living in your mouth. These acids and the bacteria that release them can slip in under a badly fitted restoration or through a tooth cavity right into the space known as the pulp chamber and the root canal or root canals below. There, these bacterial products cause havoc by inflaming the nerves and destroying the pulpal tissues. Every time your teeth bite in to a delicious sundae or you drink a chilled beverage, the affected tooth will react with pain, and occasionally even excruciating agony.
At Mouth Carolina, our skilled professionals will take note of the severity of the pain you are experiencing as well as how long it lasts. Based on this as well as thorough clinical examinations and x-rays, they will ascertain whether your tooth requires a root canal or if the problem can be fixed with a routine dental filling.
If the tests point to a diagnosis of irreversible inflammation of the nerve a root canal may be recommended. Our highly-trained dentists will perform the root canal treatment using cutting edge computerized technology to take out the affected nerve from the tooth, and thoroughly clean and sterilize the infected chamber and canals. Inside the sterilized root canals, they will glue a rubbery substance onto the walls for optimum seal and subsequent prevention of re-infection.
In some instances, the dentist may also insert a carbon-fiber post inside one of the canals in a procedure known as a "post and core." This is done to retain the build up or "core" which replaces the tooth structure that has been removed.