Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth that contains blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. If the pulp becomes infected or diseased, Dr. Douglas A Deam DMD PA may recommend a root canal in Coral Gables, Florida. Infected pulp can be caused by:
- A deep cavity
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
- A broken or cracked tooth
- An injury to a tooth
To perform root canal therapy, our dentist first takes an X-ray to examine the shape of the root canals and to check for signs of infection in the surrounding bone. An access hole is drilled into the tooth. Through this hole, the pulp, bacteria, decayed nerve tissue, and debris are removed from the tooth. Our dentist uses root canal files to clean the tooth all the way down the roots. Water is used to flush out the debris. After the tooth is cleaned, a sealer paste and a rubber compound are used to fill the tooth’s root canal. A filling is used to close the access hole. In some cases, a dental crown will be placed to support and protect the tooth.
We encourage you to contact the office of Douglas A. Deam DMD PA to learn more and to schedule an appointment!